Pouliot gets call from Oil

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

After carrying only 20 players on their 23-man roster for the last five games, it was only a matter of time before the Edmonton Oilers brought up some reinforcements.

The airlift began yesterday with the promotion of the Springfield Falcons' leading scorer - Marc Pouliot. The former first round draft pick (22nd overall in 2003)has 20 goals and 22 assists in 50 games with the Falcons.

He didn't have much luck in his most recent audition with the big club, going scoreless in nine games being assigned to Springfield on November 3.

"At that (AHL) level, he does everything," said head coach Craig MacTavish. "He kills penalties, he's productive on the power play, he's productive five on five. It's a case of trying to get the productivity at this level."

With the Oilers going on the road after tonight's game, they need a spare forward, especially with Geoff Sanderson's back acting up.

"We've got to have somebody in case it flares up again," said MacTavish. "We need the insurance to have the extra body here."

They still only have six defencemen on the roster, as Ladislav Smid isn't expected back for another two weeks.

COGS IN GEAR

With a goal and an assist Sunday against Columbus, Andrew Cogliano has a four-game point streak on the go (three goals and three assists). He scored the first goal in each of Edmonton's last two games and the winner in the first game of the homestand against Colorado.

"He's scored some big goals for us the last little while," said head coach Craig MacTavish, impressed with Cogliano's production (15 points in his last 18 games) given his relatively limited ice.

"He's a guy who's not playing 18 minutes, either," said MacTavish. "He's playing around 13 a game. It's pretty impressive to produce at that rate. He reminds me a little bit of Todd Marchant, hopefully with a little bit more finish."

The recently reunited trio of Cogliano, Robert Nilsson and Sam Gagner is looking hard to break up.

"The young kids have given us a real bona fide threat on a second line," said MacTavish.

"You look at their productivity over the last 20 games, it's pretty impressive.

"They're giving us a goal a game now, pretty much, and sometimes more."

APPROACHING A RECORD

With a win against Nashville - no easy task given the Preds' dominance over Edmonton this year - the Oilers will sweep their five-game homestand and make it eight wins in a row at home. They haven't done that since 1985-86.

"It's easier to run the wins together with the shootout numbers," said MacTavish.

"The games aren't ever settled with a tie. It's nice to see that we're starting to have some success at home, but I'm not reading too much into (the record)."

Where would Edmonton be without shootouts? MacTavish is glad he doesn't have to answer that question.

"We'd like to sort it out in the first 60 minutes, especially when you're playing catch up," he said. "But we'll take it. We have a goalie who's incredible at it, and it's in the rulebook, so we'll take advantage of it."


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