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Pouliot proving proficiency

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

For Marc Pouliot it's all about confidence.

Right now, the Edmonton Oilers forward has it, scoring in consecutive games and netting three goals in his last five.

Heading into tonight's contest against the Nashville Predators, Pouliot has been the Oilers most proficient goal-scorer through their last 10 games.

"I'm getting a lot of chances to shoot the puck," Pouliot said. "I'll look to make plays if I have to but if I get the opportunity, I'll be shooting the puck."

In Friday's 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks, Pouliot opened the scoring, taking a feed from Dustin Penner and snapping a shot past goaltender Curtis Sanford.

The goal was his sixth of the season - five of which have come in the last 10 games.

"Up until this year, we've talked about those sporadic instances where he does play well," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "Now we're talking about getting that good, consistent base that he can draw from each and every night. He's doing that, he's making plays, he's scoring goals and has really turned a corner."

As their first pick - 22nd overall - in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the Oilers have been extremely patient with Pouliot. The native of Quebec City was expected to be an everyday part of the roster two seasons ago. But it wasn't until this year that he's earned the right to play every night.

"Right now, I'm playing with great players and I'm getting some power play time," Pouliot said. "That has helped my confidence a lot."


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