Oilers' aim a net loss
ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency
|Andrew Cogliano of the Edmonton Oilers shoots the puck against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on Thursday in St. Louis, Mo., during the Oilers 4-0 shellacking. (Dilip Vishwanat,Getty Images)
EDMONTON - Can’t score is bad enough. Now they can’t even shoot.
The Edmonton Oilers drought is reaching epic proportions after a two-game road trip that saw them lose more times than they scored (2-1).
In the final 30 minutes of their 4-0 loss in St. Louis, the Oilers were held to two shots on net, both in the waning moments of the blowout loss.
In losing eight consecutive games the Oilers scored 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, and 0 goals.
Everyone expected the offence to sag without Taylor Hall, Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff, Dustin Penner and Ryan Whitney, but there are still some players in the lineup who are supposed to know what a net is for.
“We could have done a lot better,” said head coach Tom Renney, looking to snap the losing streak Saturday against Calgary. “When you’re not getting scoring chances on the power play, that’s not a good thing. And to play pretty much a full period of hockey without any shots on goal, that’s not a good thing.
“It’s like they were looking to their left and to their right and thinking who’s going to go out and get that first one for us. We need to be more of an attack team than we were last game.”
It’s not that they aren’t trying. The Oilers are piling up the fights and the blocked shots down the stretch, even if the goals seem impossible to find.
“We showed a lot of spirit and will that shouldn’t go unrecognized by our fan base,” said Renney.
They have to be better than those barren 60 minutes in St. Louis, though.
“It seems like we threw a lot of pucks at their net, I don’t know what the end totals for shots blocked, but it seemed like they were in the way of everything,” said Ryan Jones. “Nothing was getting on net ... but 12 shots is a little bit inexcusable. We have to find a way to get rubber and guys to the net.
“It doesn’t seem to matter how hard we’re trying, we just have to find a way to execute.”
How do you get more shots?
“Shoot,” said defenceman Theo Peckham. “That’s how you get more shots on net. You shoot.”