Dvorak, mates starving for goals

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

DALLAS -- Radek Dvorak was supposed to be a first-line winger, but 10 games into the season he's stalled on one goal. Unfortunately for the Oilers, he's the norm rather than the exception.

The Oilers still have 16 skaters with one or zero goals. Only Raffi Torres (six), Shawn Horcoff (three), Marty Reasoner, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Ethan Moreau (two) had scored more than once.

Those are sad numbers for a team that was supposed to flourish in the new NHL.

"We have a lot of veterans on the team and we have to step up," admitted Dvorak, who scored on his own net Tuesday night. "We have to start scoring some goals. Make simple plays and go for rebounds. You score one or two goals like that, you help your confidence."

Of course, scoring isn't the only issue: While Edmonton is 26th in the league in goals for, they're also 26th in the league in goals against, 23rd on the power play and 23rd in penalty killing.

What's going right right now?

"Not much," sighed Chris Pronger.

SCOUTS SCRAMBLED: The Oilers have scrambled their scouts across the league in search of answers and GM Kevin Lowe is getting a ton of calls from people willing to take Torres and Smyth off his hands.

That's not going to happen, but something is. MacTavish concedes that changes need to be made, but he's hoping an internal shuffle can help. It's obvious the veterans can't get it done, so the club is going to look to its youth - up here and down in the AHL.

"Our options right now ... we have to start trying unproven guys.

"Maybe they get a goal, maybe they cough up a goal. It's a situation you don't want to be in, but you can't continually go to the well with the same group and lose."

GET IT OUT: It didn't cost the Oilers a goal, but it's a miracle it didn't. Smyth's blind, backhand pass into his own slot late in a 3-3 game was rare, but not without precedent.

"Repetitive mistakes he's made before," said MacTavish. "The last thing you want to do is fire the puck between your legs into the middle of the ice in that situation, with two minutes and 18 seconds left in a 3-3 game.

"It's an element of Ryan's game that's there. It's random when it occurs and he has to get it out of his game."

PISANI IN DALLAS: Fernando Pisani will rejoin the Oilers in Dallas today after seeing a doctor in Edmonton for some stomach troubles.


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