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Igor Larionov On The Play Of The Oilers

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Larionov feels wingers, not just Yakupov, but presumably Oiler kids Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle maybe should get more leeway.

He certainly believes wingers have to help out, “but they have to score too. You have to have a balance,” he said. “You can’t play 70 per cent defence and 30 per cent offence. There’s 17,000 people here. They want to see some action.”

Larionov feels the Oilers have young, passionate forwards, he but didn’t like the style of game on display Wednesday. Not nearly enough flow or offence for a centre affectionately known as The Professor.

“This is crazy, so much talent here,” said Larionov, when told the Oilers had been blanked three straight games at home — a franchise record.

“I guess that’s the concept, the modern game, I guess. In Edmonton, it should be like Detroit. You don’t play a trap. There’s 17,000 people here. I didn’t see that (offence) tonight. With everybody. They’ve got skill, some scoring power, but they have no confidence. Three or four times, they couldn’t complete three passes.”


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