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Nilsson movin' on up

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Robert Nilsson is the spark the Edmonton Oilers hope ignites the offence.

Tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, the second-year winger is expected to play on the top line alongside Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky.

After scoring only one goal in their last two games, the Oilers are shuffling the deck.

DIFFERENT

"They both play a little different, but it's my job to be in the right spot," Nilsson said yesterday.

"I have to be able to figure it out and give them support."

Heading into tonight, Nilsson has one goal and one assist in six games.

Normally teamed on the 'Kid Line' with Andrew Cogliano and Sam Gagner, they've show glimpses of offensive flare this season, but haven't been able to find consistency.

"We've had ups and downs," Nilsson said.

"I think sometimes we have to simplify our game a bit more, play a little more straight forward.

"We just have to do the simple things, shoot the puck and go to the net.

"Sometimes we haven't done that against a couple of teams and it's backfired on us and they've scored on us."

They're not the only unit that's struggling.

RIGHT SIDE

Part of the reason for the breakup was to get Erik Cole back on the right side, which he can't do playing on the top line with Ales Hemsky.

Cole has been moved to a unit with Marc Pouliot and Ethan Moreau, while Dustin Penner slid up to play the left side on Cogliano's line.

"Our line is supposed to be one that is supposed to score," Nilsson said.

"I think that's the reason why we're split up a little bit. We'll see what's going to happen.

"I think I just have to go out and play my own game with Horc and Hemmer. That's what I do best. Hopefully, I'll help us get a goal."


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