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by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

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The Oilers power play currently ranks 24th in the NHL with a 12.8% success rate. They have five goals on 39 opportunities. Adding to that, the Oilers have a league-high three shorthanded goals against.

Coach Eakins used a good portion of Friday’s practice in Leduc to work on the power play.

“It was more just the basics of the power play. I liked our power play last night, especially our very first power play that we had. We came out really bombing it. A goal there would have changed the game dramatically, I think,” Eakins said. “You have to stay encouraged by that. They’ve taken a step forward, listening. Today was more about reinforcing that message.”

The head coach had five-on-four, five-on-three and four-on-three drills during the practice.

“With the four-on-three and the five-on-three stuff, just to get in time to know that we know what we’re doing. It’s a necessary part of it. It brings the practice to an absolute halt but it’s necessary to do it so we have those things covered off.”

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