Pushing the Oilers 'compete' button

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 PM ET

If they don’t want to roll up their sleeves and get gritty with opponents, they can crash and bang with each other.

That was the message Wednesday in practice, where head coach Tom Renney turned the Oilers loose on each other in an attempt to hit the “compete” button in a team that doesn’t always.

“The drills were designed for that, we had to come out and do some work on some things that were specific to our needs, but I thought that’s one thing we needed to do today,” said Renney. “To battle, to stay engaged, so stay over-top of the job, whatever it might be. If it’s a one-on-one situation defensively or offensively, just stay over-top of the job.”

Intensity has already been a missing ingredient too many times this year, so the coach and players are making it a high priority on a team with lots of them.

“We’re making it too easy on other teams, “ said Colin Fraser. “We play a good game and think it’s going to be easy the next game and don’t battle at all. We can’t have that mentality.”

They’ll take what they’ve learned into Thursday’s game with Colorado, they hope.

“The biggest thing is we have to compete harder,” said Jordan Eberle. “We’re not going to win games without an effort, it’s as simple as that.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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