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Todd McLellan Says Some Oilers Are Underperforming

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

McLellan didn’t specifically call out Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins by name, but it doesn’t take much more than a glance at the scoresheets to figure out whom he was referencing.

The Oilers limped back to Edmonton with a 1-3-1 record on their Eastern Conference excursion. They managed just two goals against two teams buried at the bottom of the standings - Carolina and Toronto - including Monday’s lifeless shutout loss to Sparks.

“When I look at this trip as a whole, we had some key, key people really underperform on the trip,” McLellan told reporters. “Significant minus numbers, not hitting the score sheet. It can’t always be [the top line] that provides that.”

Eberle, 25, has been invisible since returning from injury on Nov. 6. He went without a point in five games and was a staggering minus-8 on the trip.

Nugent-Hopkins, 22, did help generate two of the Oilers’ six goals on the trip with two assists. But he didn’t score a goal and was also minus-8 on the road swing.

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