Where are the shots?

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

It's official, you can rag on the Oilers for the shot totals now.

Despite being heavily outshot in their last six preseason games, the Oilers didn't have to answer any questions about it because, after all, it was only preseason. Who cares about a preseason shot clock?

But now that the problem has seeped its way into the regular season, it's time to care.

Counting the 3-2 win over Colorado, in which they were outshot 33-19, Edmonton has been outshot by at least 10 in seven straight games - 30-20, 29-19, 32-22, 41-19, 47-24 and 41-14.

"It's concerning for sure," said head coach Craig MacTavish. "Good teams don't get outplayed territorially, and that's reflected in shots on goal. It's not gone unnoticed by anybody."

The Oilers won their home opener, so nobody is freaking out yet, but they know the trend can't continue.

"We're not going to apologize for it," defenceman Steve Staios said of the Avalanche game. "It was a good sign to come out with a win in a game where we were still trying to find our legs.

"It's early in the year and we want to get up to speed as soon as possible, but when we're not on and not clicking at 100% it's nice to see that we can still come out with a win.

"You try not to get too concerned in the short term. Last game was our first step.

"Nobody was too proud of the overall effort, but we know what needs to be done. We understand there's a lot of work to be done and we have to execute at a higher pace if we want to have the success we're planning on having with this team.

"It was good to get the win, but we know we have some work ahead of us."

Defenceman Tom Gilbert is sure they'll be better in Anaheim now that they have a game under them.

"I thought (a week between the last preseason game and the first regular season game) would be nice,"he said. "But I don't think everybody had their legs."


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