Put the puck in the other team’s net.
The most basic goal of hockey has been elusive for the Edmonton Oilers lately. They’ve lost five in a row. They’ve scored only six times in their last four games. They’ve given up the first goal in seven straight games.
So, it was back to basics Friday when the Oilers practiced in Anaheim before flying to Dallas.
“We worked on fundamentals, skill development, plays in and around the net. I thought it was good for our group. Hopefully, it carries over into a game situation,” says head coach Todd McLellan.
Expect Jesse Puljujarvi to be on Connor McDavid’s right wing Saturday night against the Stars. The rookie winger finished Thursday’s game in Los Angeles on McDavid’s line.
“They were certainly dangerous,” says McLellan. “Jesse looked very confident in that situation. He likely will get another chance there. We’re looking for two to three lines that can click at both ends right now.”
“He has a lot of good tools. I’m looking forward to the chance to being able to play with him. With a young guy like that, you just have to talk to him. It’s hard to talk to him because he doesn’t really speak any English, but we’ll figure it out though,” says McDavid of Puljujarvi.
McLellan adds there’s a “really good chance” Matt Hendricks will play his first game of the season. He was hurt in the pre-season. Defenceman Kris Russell could also be back after missing the last seven games with an injury.
The Oilers have placed forward Anton Lander on waivers, while defenceman Dillon Simpson has been assigned to Bakersfield in the AHL. (jrw)