After a game in Pittsburgh, in which Jordan Eberle scored two goals and recorded an assist with six shots on goal, the production has dropped off a bit. Eberle, in his last two games, has one assist and is -2 with five shots.
Last night against the New York Rangers, Head Coach Todd McLellan felt a change was needed on the top line. He dropped down Eberle, and elevated Tyler Pitlick.
"Obviously, I need to be better," Eberle said. "I didn't have a great game and we didn't really have anything going offensively, so something had to change."
Eberle believes a grittier offensive approach will be key to both a personal and team-wide rebound as the Oil hit the road for a California-Texas swing.
"I think our team, as a whole, we created a lot of chances but we didn't really get any secondary stuff. That's kind of been the story the last two games. We need to try to get on the inside, get a little dirty and try and find some goals in and around the paint."
On being taken off the top line, Eberle says things needed to change that night. But he's looking forward to rebounding.
"Things just needed to be changed," said Eberle. "We weren't creating anything and, defensively, we were getting scored on a little bit. It's nothing you take to heart. You just move on and play better tomorrow."
Eberle has five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 16 games this season.