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Stoll empty so far in '06

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

PHOENIX -- Jarret Stoll is 0-for-2006.

With Ethan Moreau, Todd Harvey, Raffi Torres and Radek Dvorak all ending double-digit goal-scoring slumps in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings, Stoll goes into tonight's game with the Phoenix Coyotes, still looking for this first goal of 2006 - a span of 11 games.

"You sometimes think about it," said Stoll. "You think about the chances you've had. You try to bear down and put them in the net.

"It's one thing I'm not too worried about because I have been getting chances. If I'm not getting chances, then I'm not playing well and I have to change something, but I've been getting the chances."

Stoll has 14 goals on the season, but hasn't found the back of the net since getting one during a three-point night in a 6-5 loss to the Calgary Flames back on Dec. 31. It's his longest goal-less stretch of the season.

When Stoll says he's had his chances, he's not talking through his hat. He's had 32 shots on goal in the last 11 games, including a high of six shots in one game, but has had no sniff.

"I'm not too worried," he said. "I know it'll turn around if I just keep going and keep working."

Stoll will be back on a line with Torres and Georges Laraque tonight.

RUMOUR DU JOUR: While the Oilers insist they've got nothing on the frontburner, talk persists GM Kevin Lowe is on the phone with Buffalo GM Darcy Regier about Martin Biron. Speculation has Lowe willing to part with one of his defencemen and a forward, possibly Radek Dvorak, to make a deal.

The Oilers admit to speaking with Regier on more than one occasion, but insist no names have been discussed.

NUMBERS GAME: Dick Tarnstrom has been assigned No. 33, formerly worn by 16 players, including Marty McSorley, Jiri Dopita, and Dan LaCouture. Jaroslav Spacek gets No. 6, previously worn by 13 players, including Jeff Beukeboom, Colin Campbell and Bobby Dollas.

IN THE JAR: With the Oilers taking a day off for a golf outing Friday, Steve Staios recorded an ace with a five-wood on his fourth hole, canning a 220-yard tee shot after starting with three straight double bogeys.

AROUND THE RINK: Craig MacTavish sat out yesterday's practice with a bad case of the flu, as did Ales Hemsky ... Phoenix is playing its seventh game in 10 nights and the second of 10 straight at home ... Curtis Joseph has beaten the Oilers twice this season, both times by 4-3 scores.


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