81 shots on net. Three goals.
That’s the Oilers totals from the last two games, resulting in a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday and a 3-1 defeat to the New York Rangers on Sunday.
Their team shooting percentage, which earlier in the season was up around 13%, has now fallen to a league average 9.07%.
“We have to find a way to finish more. A lot of that comes off the second and third opportunities,” says centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “We’re getting lot of the first shots and we’re sticking around for the second and third ones, but right now, the past couple of games, we haven’t able to capitalize on those. If we keep shooting like this, it is going to come.”
Right winger Jordan Eberle played only 3:57 in the third period against the Rangers and was taken off Connor McDavid’s line. He could return to that spot Tuesday in Anaheim.
“I don’t know what the lines are going to be yet,” says head coach Todd McLellan. “I don’t think you punish a player forever. In the past, he’s shown he’s able to play there. In face, he’s one of our top scoring forwards.”
“Obviously, I need to be better,” says Eberle. “I didn’t have a great game. We didn’t have anything going offensively, so something had to change.”
Matt Hendricks, Drake Caggiula, and Brandon Davidson continue to recover from injuries. They will travel with the Oilers on their three-game road trip, but that doesn’t mean they’ll play. (jrw)