They call him a streak: Torres is the name

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

The book on Raffi Torres is he's a streaky scorer. The Edmonton Oilers forward is certainly living up to that chapter and verse.

After starting the season with seven goals in his first 11 games, Torres will face the Buffalo Sabres tonight with just one goal and two points in his last nine. He hasn't found the twine in five games.

"I'm frustrated. I'm not happy at all," said Torres, held pointless in a 5-3 loss to Ottawa Saturday.

"I've just got to keep working and making sure the other parts of my game are the way they should be. I've got to keep playing hard."

Torres has 15 goals, but when you take away the hot start, he's managed just eight in his last 34 games.

Playing alongside Jarret Stoll and Radek Dvorak when the puck was going in for him, Torres' drop in production has coincided with Dvorak missing 13 games with a strained groin. Torres isn't using that as an excuse.

"I'm not happy with the way I'm playing," he said. "There's certain things a guy has to do and I'm not doing them. I'm not playing my game. I have to get things going.

"I'm not the type of guy who has to say I'm going to play with this guy or that guy. Everybody brings different things to the game. I just have to get back doing my job."

ELITE COMPANY: Marc-Andre Bergeron didn't feel like celebrating his hat trick after the loss to Ottawa, but that doesn't make his feat any less special.

Bergeron became the first Oilers defenceman to score three goals in more than 20 years - Paul Coffey was the last to turn the trick, on Dec. 20, 1985.

"A hat trick is pretty awesome, but we lost," said Bergeron, who has 12 goals on the season. "We've played pretty good, we just need to make it click a little better and we'll be right there."

It was Bergeron's first three-goal game as a pro. His last came in junior with Shawinigan of the QMJHL. Bergeron, by the way, was just five when Coffey last accomplished the feat.

ON THE LIMP: Oilers vice-president of hockey operations Kevin Prendergast has joined trainer Ken Lowe in the ranks of the walking wounded.

Prendergast fractured his right ankle skating with Kelly Buchberger at Millennium Place Wednesday and has it encased in plaster. Prendergast, who collects more air miles than anybody on the Oilers scouting staff while traversing the continent, is using crutches to get around.

Lowe sprained his ankle in New York Thursday when he took a tumble off the bench at MSG. He's taped up and back at work.

GREENE MACHINE: Rookie Matt Greene isn't just hanging on the roster as a sixth or seventh defenceman. He's the No. 5 guy right now. Greene, 22, will play his sixth straight game on the blueline tonight. With Igor Ulanov banged up, he'll likely pair with Cory Cross, as was the case on Saturday against Ottawa. Even when Ulanov is ready to go, it'll be him and Cross rotating as partners with Greene.


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