Oilers coach: shoot the puck!

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney was still lamenting the blown powerplay opportunity towards the end of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Calgary Flames.

The Oilers had a six-on-four advantage late in the contest, but failed to get a shot on net, electing to pass the puck around the zone for the majority of the powerplay looking for the perfect play.

They went on to take a too-many-men on the ice penalty once the Flames managed to clear the zone.

“Just shoot it at the net, I don’t care, flip it, throw it, just get it to the net,” Renney said. “It’s that simple. It’s funny that the more difficult the game gets, the more difficult the things we try.

“As far as we’re concerned, it’s about having a presence at the net, get the puck there and win a battle. Sometimes we want it to be a masterpiece and that’s not always required.”

Lineup juggling

Jim Vandermeer is ready to return to the lineup.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman has missed the last eight games with an ankle injury.

He’s expected to dress when the Oilers host the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday at Rexall Place.

To make room for Vandermeer on the roster, the Oilers have returned Shawn Belle to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. Belle, 25, was in the Oilers lineup Saturday.

The Oilers have also re-assigned Ryan O’Marra to Oklahoma City.

The former first-round pick of the New York Islanders, acquired in the Ryan Smyth trade four seasons ago, had a goal and two assists in eight games with the Oilers.

O’Marra, 23, had a goal and 13 assists in 22 games with the Barons prior to his call up.

The Oilers will wait to see on the status of Jordan Eberle before they decide whether it’s necessary to bring up another forward from Oklahoma City. Eberle left Saturday’s game against the Flames after rolling his ankle.

The Oilers haven’t ruled out recalling Linus Omark, who was sent back to Oklahoma on Friday.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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