Injuries put power play in the tank

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

DALLAS -- The power play of Edmonton Oilers has gone dry of late, having failed to score in its last 30 opportunities.

The Oilers have not scored a power-play goal since the last time they were in Dallas Dec. 8.

"The power play was going pretty well before Ryan (Smyth) and Ales (Hemsky) got hurt," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "We were real happy with it at that point. We had another unit that was fairly productive as well. And then when those guys got hurt, I guess somewhat predictable, the number fell off the map."

Currently the Oilers rank 27th in power-play efficiency. They have 27 power-play goals this season.

Only St. Louis, Phoenix and Chicago have scored less.

"We've been statistically inept in that area and a lot of it has been the absence of Ales. He's such a big part of our power play," MacTavish said.

"Now that he's back we're seeing some results. We've had great pressure and great chances although we haven't been rewarded, and that's normally the first sign of things maybe getting ready to turn around. Although it will be tough against Dallas because they kill penalties so well."


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