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Oilers hope to stop the bleeding

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:17 PM ET

Just one, baby.

That’s all the Edmonton Oilers need right now.

One measly win. It’ll stop the bleeding. It’ll ease the pain. It’ll shove that dark cloud of theirs out of the dressing room and into the hallway.

Even if it’s only for a few days, this team needs a respite.

“We just want to win one game,” said Shawn Horcoff, adding it’s no longer about statistics and preventing franchise records for futility, it’s about sanity.

“We’re at the point where when you lose this many in a row the media will come up with different perspectives, but for us it’s already embarrassing as it gets. We want to win and get out of this as soon as possible.”

Just to see what winning is like.

“It would make everyone feel good again,” said Andrew Cogliano. “A lot of guys are taking the losing streak to heart, we know everyone is affected by it, the coaching staff and everyone who’s a part of the organization. This would be a nice fitting win for us if we can get it.

“Just to feel good about ourselves again, to feel how good a win feels. We haven’t felt that in a long time.”

ZACK ATTACK - Zack Stortini was a healthy scratch Thursday against St. Louis, but the Oilers coaches are obviously thinking about drawing him back in for what figures to be a tough one against the Flames.

Then again, if the Oilers decide to turn the other cheek and not give Brian McGrattan a dance partner, it might work to their advantage to sit Stortini again.

“There’s a couple of ways to look at it,” said associate coach Tom Renney. “You can play around whatever Calgary might want to try and do, and push through that and leave them on the short end of the stick (having to play McGrattan), or you can go nose to nose with them, which we all love.

We’re in the midst of discussing what our approach will be.”

COGS OUT? - If Stortini comes it, it could be at the expense of Cogliano, who hasn’t scored since before the Oilers started losing and played on Stortini’s fourth line spot on Thursday.

“I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen, if I’m going to play Saturday,” said Cogliano. “Hopefully I am. This is a game you want to play in. I always know that every game I work hard and play as hard as I can.”

After spending all of the year as a checking forward, he had a cup of coffee on a top line before getting bounced back to the fourth unit.

“It’s been frustrating.

SHOWTIME - These are the kind of games, where nothing is on the line except personal pride, where you can learn a lot about who you want on the team next season.

“You have to think so,” said Renney. “It’s one of those games that will prove who‘s got what. You can put yourself in harm’s way or find yourself in harm’s way - we’ll find out who wants to do which.

“We have to recognize that we’ll go into that rink in Calgary and do whatever it takes to win. We want to make sure we make a statement on behalf of ourselves.”


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