February 4, 2013
Oilers' Top Six could use a little help scoring

Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall celebrate a second period goal against the Calgary Flames on Jan. 26 at the Saddledome in Calgary. Mike Ridewood/Getty Images/AFP

EDMONTON - The Beatles got by with a little help from their friends, but the Edmonton Oilers top six forwards have been forced to go it alone.

Offensively, anyway.

One of the reasons Edmonton ranks in the bottom third in NHL with 19 goals in eight games is because you can fit all of their goal scorers in one SUV and still have room for their equipment.

Ten of those goals have come from the power trio of Nail Yakupov (5), Sam Gagner (3) and Ales Hemsky (2) and five from Jordan Eberle (3) and Taylor Hall (2).

Throw in two from defenceman Justin Schultz and that leaves two goals in eight games from everyone else on the team.

For the third and fourth lines, six guys over eight games equals 48-man games of ice time that generated just two goals, one off Shawn Horcoff’s skate and one from Lennart Petrell.