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Minute muncher

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Shawn Horcoff continues to pile up the minutes, averaging 21:38 a night and ballooning up to 25 in some games.

Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish isn't getting many opportunities to rest a guy who does so many things well.

"It's hard to get off him," said MacTavish prior to last night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"He's in such great shape that he plays well with the minutes. He's out there in all the situations. Faceoffs, kills penalties, on the power play, he's the shutdown guy, he's the match up guy.

"It's hard, when you factor all those things in. We don't have great alternatives in shut down players."

Horcoff played 22:38 last night, but the entire Oilers offence was shut down.


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