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BLOG: McLellan elaborates on power play shuffling

"Once we get in there (the offensive zone), we don't get much done with it… That's why we made those changes."

by Paul Gazzola /

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan delved deeper into his decision to shake up the Oilers power play units Tuesday.

"Our power play, when we look at it, we're OK getting into the zone," the Oilers coach said. "We seem to get the puck set up in there, which makes you want to leave the units together. It's once we get in there that we don't get much done with it. So, we have to change them and that's why we made those changes."

Edmonton has the 29th-ranked power play in the League, clicking at a 12.1 percent clip overall. At home, the squad's man-advantage is 9.5 percent, while on the road, it's 16.7 percent.

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"A lot of times you have the structure in place and you don't want to dismantle it completely," continued McLellan. "We've gone to an extreme right now, yet we feel that we're far enough into it that the players understand terms and breakouts and that type of stuff."

The units from Monday's practice were as follows:

PP 1: Connor McDavid, Mark Letestu, Patrick Maroon, Drake Caggiula and Oscar Klefbom. Kailer Yamamoto was also rotating in with the group.

PP 2: Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Strome, Milan Lucic and Matt Benning.

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