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BLOG: Striving for consistent power play

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

It’s natural to love when a plan comes together. When everything works just as you practiced, every pass, every play just clicks.

But Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said that just because one night showed significant gains, doesn’t mean it’s always going to go that way.

“Some days you feel good, some days you’re not sharp, you’re sluggish, timing, ice conditions — they all come into play,” he said.

“Five-on-five, power play — any type of situation. You can’t just bottle one game up on four, five power-play goals and think it’s going to happen every night. You get the reward, you take a deep breath and you let your guard down a little bit and perhaps we’ve done that again too.”

Edmonton rocked their power play against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, scoring on four of six opportunities, which lead them to a 6-4 victory.

Last night, the Oilers were unable to capitalize on all four power plays during their game against the Colorado Avalanche.

“One [player] can destroy five,” said McLellan. “When you’re on a power play if one is making a bad decision and one is making poor reads [it] affects the mindset of the power play. Now, last night it was one at a time, it wasn’t just one individual. They were taking turns making poor reads, but continuing to work it to get them to understand why certain things happen on the power play is important and we’ll continue to do that.”

The Oilers have continued the cycle at practice, working on moulding and shaping their power play.

“We’ve spent a lot of time on the power play, hours on end really,” said the benchboss. “I do believe we’re getting better, I think we’ve seen some results. We had some real good scoring opportunities and then we just had some really poor puck decisions and poor passing. That’s a little bit surprising for me when you can put that type of talent on the ice, they seem to be forcing things, so we’ll clean it up and get better.”

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