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Nada for 'Nando

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

Last spring the Oilers rode Fernando Pisani's scoring exploits to the Stanley Cup final.

This season, the local product can't buy a point.

Through the first eight games Pisani has yet to get on the scoresheet.

"You try not to worry about it, but obviously you want to contribute," Pisani said.

"I just have to try and keep getting the puck to the net, get around that area and try to get a bounce here or there."

Pisani scored 14 goals for the Oilers during last year's playoff run. He had 18 during the regular season.

During the off-season Pisani, 29, was rewarded with a four-year $10-millon contract. It's been tough sledding since then. He's been bothered by a sore knee for most of this season.

"Fernie (Pisani) just needs a little confidence and he'll be fine," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"The nice thing about Fernie is that his game is so complete that he never hurts you. You look at our penalty killing and he's been a major contributor in that success."


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