Gagner catches fire

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

EDMONTON - Sam Gagner has seven points in five games.

“It was nice to see the points going in and be sharp around the net and produce,” he said. “But the biggest thing is you want to be a big part of wins, that’s definitely the best feeling. In my time here we haven’t made the playoffs and at the end of the day that’s all you want to be part of, a winning team. It’s definitely nice to contribute in that way.

“As a group everyone is doing the right things and being open in the right spots When you’re doing that everyone is more individually successful. Everybody has been helping each other out and we’ve been getting wins because of it.”

CHECKING IN: The better Taylor Hall gets, the more attention he’s going to draw. It won’t be long, said head coach Tom Renney, before teams start drawing up specific Hall strategies for their best checkers.

“I would imagine,” said Renney. “It’s a cursory look at this point in time and maybe that increases a little bit more, with the opponent looking at him and saying this guy is important to their team. We’ve felt that way all along.

“We just have to be ready for that. He does, too. That’s part of the maturation process, coping with what comes at you.”

LATE HITS: Ales Hemsky missed his second game in a row, and fifth in the last six, with groin trouble. He’s currently listed as out indefinitely, which doesn’t really mean anything. They’re considering placing him on IR, which means he’d be out till Thursday.

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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