Stoll on wing may give offence a prayer

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

They've decided to move Jarret Stoll to the wing.

Their power-play is still the worst in the league. Their penalty-killing is also struggling and it's possible their best player of late may get suspended.

The Edmonton Oilers had a lot to deal with when they took the ice for practice yesterday at Rexall Place.

"We want to get a little bit of a different look," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish of moving Stoll to right wing.

"I don't know how long it will last, but we're going to try and make a line with he and Horc (Shawn Horcoff) and give them Raffi (Torres) for a bit.

"Raffi is playing so well right now that he's helping everybody that he's playing with. Hopefully there'll be some chemistry with those guys. And, if not, we'll put Stollie back at centre."

Stoll played one shift on the wing in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Flames. Prior to that he has to go back to his minor hockey days in Saskatchewan to remember the last time he was used as a winger.

"Change is good, maybe it's something I need to get us going and start producing a lot more offensively," Stoll said.

"We've been switching the lines a lot through the first eight games, so hopefully we can find a combination that works and get some chemistry together and stick with it. Whether that's playing on the wing or centre it doesn't really matter as long as we have that chemistry and we're scoring goals - because that's one thing that we need."

Scoring has been a problem for the Oilers of late. Their power-play is 1-for-33 and their penalty-killing unit has given up eight goals.

The line may debut tomorrow when the Colorado Avalanche are in town for their first of four visits to Edmonton this season.

That is if MacTavish decides to go with Stoll on the wing and if Torres doesn't get suspended for his hit on Flames forward David Moss.

"I guess you wonder how much of it will be based on the past history," MacTavish said.

"Maybe the feeling is that he got away with one or two in the past and they're going to add them.

"I don't know that that's right, either. Hopefully he won't be suspended."


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