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Oilers third line showed some jump

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

They were among three of the healthiest guys in the Oilers' room, so it was little surprise they were one of the few lines with some jump Tuesday.

Head coach Pat Quinn kept throwing J-F Jacques, Gilbert Brule and Robert Nilsson over the boards in the 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. And while the trio did not score, they generated most of the chances in the contest for the Oilers.

"I had a couple of chances and I think I should have had at least two goals," said Nilsson. "We had a couple of chances, but we still have to score.

"If we're able to score then maybe we're able to get a couple of points out of that game."

The Oilers have been shooting blanks recently. They've been shut out in the past two games and have just a pair of goals during their current three-game losing skid.

"I feel like we have to try and play a simpler game," said Nilsson. "If you look at Colorado, all they did was play simple all night and it worked out for them. We have to play smarter, simpler and more straight-forward. We started off pretty well, but in the last couple of games we lost the way we should play, so we have to go back there."

With a lot of skill in the lineup, the Oilers have found themselves trying to get too cute coming out of their zone and around the opposition net.

The results have been costly turnovers and few quality scoring chances.

"You always have to start playing simple and then when you get in the game and get more comfortable, you can start making those tough passes," Nilsson said. "But if you start doing the hard stuff from the start and you miss, then it's hard to get back to playing simple again.

"If you play a simple game, then teams have to honour that and then you'll have more time to do that other stuff. We all have to do that, every guy on the team."


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