Don't blame Pronger

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

DENVER -- Chris Pronger was supposed to be the answer to Edmonton's woeful power play, but nine games into the season it's still as woeful as ever.

But Craig MacTavish isn't willing to lay that at the towering blue-liner's feet.

Rather, he blames a reluctance on the part of the forwards to get in front of the net for Edmonton's two-for-37 drought.

WATCH THE FILMS

"You watch the films after the games,'' said MacTavish.

"We're getting opportunities. He makes great plays on the breakouts, he makes great plays under pressure in the offensive zone. We have to get more bodies to the front of the net and be more efficient.

"We're getting more quality chances of getting the puck to the net than the opposition is, yet we're not getting the same amount of offence.

''You can't run interference so there's no excuse why we can't have bodies in front of the net.''

At the other end of the ice, Pronger has been the best Oiler by far.

He is one of only three players on the plus side of the ledger (he's plus-3, while Steve Staios and Shawn Horcoff are plus-1), despite not being able to apply his trademark nastiness in front of his own goal because of the zero-tolerance enforcement.

"I can think of three of our defencemen who are in that mindset right now,'' said MacTavish.

PUCKS AND PLAYERS

"Chris is separating the puck from the player and making plays, but that's not the case with everybody.

''You can't be nasty in front of the net. They're going to call you. But we have to have more aggressiveness. We talked about it today.''


Videos

Photos