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No scoreboard watching

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

With so many teams in the chase for the final two playoff spots, what happens on the out of town scoreboard can have as big an impact on the Oilers as what happens at Rexall Place.

But, as any good sports psychologist will tell you, it's best not to watch.

And most of the Oilers make it a habit not to.

"You don't need the pressure of what six other teams are doing," said defenceman Sheldon Souray.

"We have enough pressure and attention in here that we don't need to be worried about what other people are doing, we need to be worried about what we're doing.

"We can only control if we're mentally ready to go out and play hard, if we physically go out and play hard.

"If you do that more nights than not, you're going to get results."

Besides, adds Shawn Horcoff, the Oilers don't need any help from anyone else this year, so why worry about what they're doing.

"For us it really doesn't matter, we're in the playoff spot and we control our own destiny, so it doesn't matter what teams behind us are doing," said Horcoff.

"I try not to watch it. If you do, you're depending on other teams losing instead of focusing on your own game and your own team.

"It's tight, obviously, but it's a lot better spot than we've been in the last few years."

Souray only bothers checking up on Minnesota, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis and Anaheim after Edmonton's dust has settled for the evening.

"That's what it's all about now, controlling our own destiny,"he said. "Not what everyone else is doing.

"It's nice to get help on days that you're not playing ... but at the end of the day it's really just all about us in here."

Edmonton fell to ninth after losing last night.


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