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Hall may see more special teams

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:19 PM ET

With a power play shooting blanks and a penalty kill that’s getting killed, both ends of the Oilers special teams are a concern for head coach Tom Renney.

The latest attempt at a fix might include adding Taylor Hall’s speed and energy to the penalty kill.

“It came close to doing it last game,” said Renney. “I thought of it a little late. This is one of those years where we can kind of do those things.”

Hall hasn’t killed penalties in the NHL, but did a ton of it in junior, so it’s not entirely foreign.

“I was out there every second shift on the PK (in Windsor),” he said. “It would be a great opportunity. And not only that, but when we do get into penalty trouble it allows me to get out there and get my legs so I’m not just kind of sitting there.

“If he feels it’s best for the team I’ll go out there and do the best job I can.”

Getting more shots through from the point would help on the power play, but Kurtis Foster is getting a lot of his low, hard drives blocked.

“I think he should shoot about this high,” said Renney, holding a hand at eye level. “Then he’d get a lot more shots. Seriously.

“Sheldon (Souray) was indiscriminate when it came to shooting the puck. Everybody was bailing out because it was coming. That might not be a bad idea.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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