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Oilers Plan to Rush the Net

From the Edmonton Journal,

Dustin Penner has been setting up shop in front of the net when the Oilers have had the man advantage, but he hasn’t been able to bang one in. He has one goal in his last 10 games.

“We need those to start going in for us,” MacTavish said. “We need that efficiency around the net.”

“It’s a matter of getting more hungry for the pucks, more tenacious,” said Penner. “You just have to have the mentality that the next shot is going in, that you’re due.”

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Average Goaltending Won’t Get It Done In Edmonton

from the Edmonton Sun,

“It’s our job to do that, tonight I didn’t,” he said, adding he’s been fighting it a bit lately. “I’m trying to force myself to make a save, I have to relax and let the puck come to me. I’m not reading the play as well as I normally do.”

MacTavish has a team that has to rely on its goaltender, so expect him to go with the hot hand from here on in. And right now, it ain’t Roloson.

“We can’t win right now with average goaltending, I don’t think there’s many teams that can, and in my estimation tonight he was average,” said the coach.

“He’s not playing at the level that he has played. That’s obvious. But the one thing he’s got going for him is a bunch of mental toughness and a bunch of battle.”

more on the Oilers…

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, dwayne+roloson, edmonton+oilers, goalies

Calgary About To Implode

from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,

- Calgary is going to implode soon. I’ve talked to a few former Flames and they say there is just plain bad chemistry in their locker room. I don’t see Mike Keenan changing that much.

- Edmonton is terrible. Dustin Penner is a nice player, but Kevin Lowe grossly overpaid for him, in his retaliation move against Brian Burke and the Ducks over Chris Pronger.

more NHL bits plus Adrian wonders where are all the Avs fans?

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  Tags: calgary+flames, colorado+avalanche, edmonton+oilers, mike+keenan

Pisani Back On The Ice

from TSN,

Fernando Pisani is planning on playing for the Edmonton Oilers this season.

The 30-year-old skated on Monday with some injured teammates to try and get himself back into game shape. Pisani has been out all season while battling ulcerative colitis.

“Just being out there with the guys is a lot of fun and now it’s time to get back to work and hopefully get out there soon,” said Pisani

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One Team Has To Win

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Calgary is sub .500.

Edmonton is sub .500.

Given the respective stenches emanating from both camps, a cynic might suggest The Battle of Alberta has been replaced by The Cattle of Alberta, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of sizzle on tonight’s steak.

Nothing fuels a barn burner like animosity and desperation and the Flames and Oilers will be bringing plenty of both to a unique and unusually important showdown in Cowtown.

Something has to give. They can’t both lose.

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Oilers Meet To Get Back On Track

from the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers had a little heart-to-heart yesterday.

Head coach Craig MacTavish gathered the troops during practice and spoke to them for around 20 minutes.

The message was clear. They need more from everybody in order to save their sinking ship.

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Torres Keeps On Playing

from the Edmonton Sun,

Last night Raffi Torres played his 201st consecutive regular-season game for the Edmonton Oilers. It’s a streak that dates back to Feb. 21, 2004 and is currently the 16th longest in franchise history.

“I don’t know what the secret is,” said Torres prior to facing the Minnesota Wild.

“I’m just going out there and trying to play the same game every night. It’s not like I’m playing a shy game or anything like that, I guess I’ve just been fortunate to stay healthy for such a long time.”

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Oilers Need Some Guts

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

...But MacTavish doesn’t have enough guys with grit wearing those wimpy new Oilers uniforms.

The coach desperately needs to have some brave hearts here to ride beside the talented trio which will eventually take the Oilers from the bottom rung of the standings, where they sit this morning, to much greater heights.

The skill of Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and Andrew Colgliano needs to be matched with some intestinal fortitude if they’re going to be able to get the space to create the goals.

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Oilers Lose Another Dman

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

“The Curse of the Defencemen,” said GM Kevin Lowe.

It was only two minutes and 56 seconds into the game last night when Jordin Tootoo pasted Mathieu Roy into the boards.

Twenty-five seconds of ice time and Roy, who was out with a concussion at the end of last year and with another one at the start of this season, was out with what coach Craig MacTavish said was another possible concussion and for sure a separated left shoulder.

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, injuries, jordin+tootoo, mathieu+roy, nashville+predators

Oilers Depending On “D” Depth

from the CP via Yahoo,

...That’s a card the Oilers are going to have to play now as they’ve lost third-year rearguard Matt Greene to a broken left ankle that will keep him out of the line-up as long as three months.

Greene, injured in the second period of a 2-1 loss to Detroit Tuesday, will need surgery. He joins Sheldon Souray, out since Oct. 10 with a sprained left shoulder, and Joni Pitkanen, out another month after surgery to repair damaged knee cartilage, on the shelf….

“These (comments) could come back to haunt me and I don’t normally throw these out there, but I’m not all that worried about the injuries on the back end,” MacTavish said.

“From what I’ve seen, with (who) we have healthy, we’re going to be able to overcome it.”

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