Power outage

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

No bull, the Edmonton Oil Kings have got to find a way to rediscover their power play.

With just a pair of wins in their last 10 games, their opposition has been buckin' them off quicker than a snortin' hoss with the man advantage.

So, with the Canadian Finals Rodeo moving into town, an extended seven-game road trip may be just what the team needs to dust themselves off and lasso a few Ws.

The Kings will be working out in Fort Saskatchewan after they return from this week's four-game road trip and before a three-game trip preceding their home date on Nov. 20.

That's almost three weeks away.

"It's going to come in time," said Kings defenceman Mark Pysyk about the team's last-in-the-league 9-for-89 efficiency with a man advantage.

"We're moving the puck all right. It's just getting the pucks through and creating battles in front of the net. We have to make a few greasy ones before we start making some plays. It's going to come. We just can't get frustrated.

"Going on the road, everybody's together. It'll be great for us. We'll get to know each other better than we do now and hopefully, it'll transfer onto the ice.

"On the road, there's no pressure. You're not afraid to get the greasy goals. You're not trying to make too many cute plays when family and friends are in the stands."

The good news is the team's fortunes have, so far, been better on the road.

Sure, a 3-3-0-2 record in road silks was mainly built when the team sprinted out of the gate.

"Getting on the road is always good to bring the guys together," said forward Brent Raedeke. "A change of scenery will be good for us. Maybe we just play more simple on the road. At Rexall, maybe we try to do too much.

"When we're on the road, we stick to the game plan and try to keep it simple."

About the power play.

"Yeah," said Raedeke. "We've been working on it in practice, but it just hasn't been producing for us. I'm not sure what it is. At the start of the year, they were going in for us. We just need to get one garbage-type goal to get it going."

Fact remains, they've been utterly dismal at home (4-6-0-1).

"Any time you go on the road, you get a chance to get together," said Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau.

"Our guys have done a decent job, with all the adversity we've faced, of sticking together. It's a long year. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon."

With regular goalie Torrie Jung the latest flu victim, backup Cam Lanigan may have to carry more of the load on the road.

"It's definitely a good opportunity for me," said Lanigan (3-1-0-1). "Whenever I get the chance this year, I'm going to go for it. I've spent a lot of time with Torrie, especially on the road ... being roommates, I got a chance to see how he prepares.

"You never like to see a guy like Torrie, who's such an influence in the room, go down."

CON.GRIWKOWSKY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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