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Power play surprises

ROBIN BROWNLEE, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

What's the bigger surprise -- that the Edmonton Oilers' penalty killing is statistically the NHL's best or that the Oilers' power play is a dismal 25th through 36 games?

With all the hype coming out of training camp about the scoring depth the Oilers possessed at forward, you'd have to think it's the latter. That's what gets Joffrey Lupul's vote.

"First and foremost it would have to be the power play," says Lupul, who has scored four of his 11 goals with a man advantage. "We were thinking of having a top 10, maybe a top five, power play in the league and instead we're near the bottom."

Even with a difficult stretch of late and the three power-play goals the Oilers allowed in Thursday's 7-4 loss to Los Angeles, the penalty killing has been at or near the top of the heap for months.

The power play, on the other hand, has been middle of the pack at best.

It ranked 17th through 21 games as of Nov. 23 and then struggled through a stretch without Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth before connecting three times against the Kings.


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