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DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

DENVER -- The last time Raffi Torres played in Colorado he was one of the best Edmonton Oilers.

He was a terror that Nov. 7 night, strong on the puck, hitting anyone in the vicinity and registering 10 shots on net.

The only thing Torres didn't do that night was score, and unfortunately for the Edmonton Oiler, he has not scored in his last 17 games.

"It would be nice if I could play one of those games and put a full 60-minutes together right now," Torres said. "I'm going to try and do the same things that I did in my last game here. I feel like I have been getting involved one way or another, but at the same time, I have to try and put the puck in the net. I'm getting a lot more offensive chances and I have to try and bury them."

In his four seasons with the Oilers, Torres has come to be known as a streaky scorer. However, he has not found the net since Oct. 18, a long stretch even for him.

"He's had some chances, but as long as he's playing good, dependable hockey, he's OK," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "The difference where he is this year and where he was last year was when he wasn't scoring last year, he was unpredictable in terms of what he was going to do on the puck.

"At least now, I have a good idea of what he's going to do with the puck. He gets the puck in, he checks (that) he's in the right position and he's not throwing the puck away like he used to. Then you can have the patience for his offence to come because you know he's going to get the chances."

Torres has three goals and three assists in 23 games this season.

On the Oilers' first trip to Colorado earlier this month, Torres had already gone five games without registering a point, but he was still getting a lot of opportunities.

He had five- and seven-shot nights in that stretch before exploding for 10 shots the 4-3 shootout loss to the Avalanche.

Since then, he's failed to register more than three shots in a contest and lost his spot on the Oilers top line.

"It bugs me a little bit, but I don't get as frustrated as I used to," Torres said. "I just have to go out there and play and I'm not trying to worry about too much. I don't want to be too negative in the room. I just want to go out and play and try and contribute in any way that I can."


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