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by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

After a brief holiday break, the Oilers have returned to Rexall Place following a weekend of back-to-back division rivalry games.

Back at home base, the Oil hit the ice focused and prepared to improve on their power play, which has a 17 per cent success rate on the season.

“The thing for us is, you want to be able to generate momentum; we don’t want to create momentum for the other team by giving them opportunities or just chasing the puck back and forth and just wasting energy,” said Jordan Eberle.

With a new weapon in d-man Brad Hunt joining the line-up, Head Coach Todd McLellan says that this is an opportunity for him and the team as a whole to expand on what needs fixing.

“We have a need right now and he’s the ingredient that fits the need,” McLellan said of Hunt’s presence on the point.

“What it can’t be is just be Brad Hunt’s power play; it has to be the Oilers power play. Everybody has to have a piece of it and they have to take that responsibility. I see our group right now, because of lack of success, it turns from a team thing more into an individual thing, guys wanting to go one-on-one, trying to do too much — sometimes being too cute and we need to fix it. It’ll take a little time but we’ll get it there.”

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