February 6, 2013
Edmonton Oilers still confident about the penalty kill

Lennart Petrell batles Avalanche's Shane O'Brien last week. Petrell is confident the OIlers can keep up their strong play even with the absence of Shawn Horcoff and Eric Belanger. (Reuters)

Lennart Petrell has been an important part of the Edmonton Oilers penalty-killing success so far this season.

And with two key cogs in the PK wheel out in Shawn Horcoff and Eric Belanger, Petrell is ready to have his workload increased.

“Yeah, I’ll probably be out there quite a bit now,” smiled Petrell after an optional practice Tuesday. “They are going to count on me, but I think we still have some good killers on the team that haven’t had a chance to be out on the ice yet.

“Those two guys are big losses for us, but I don’t think it matters, whether it’s penalty kill, power play or five-on-five, guys are now going to have to step up which is good for the team. I think we’re going to be in good shape anyways.”

Heading into Wednesday’s contest against the Dallas Stars (8 p.m.) at Rexall Place, the Oilers possess the fifth-best penalty-kill unit in the league. They’re killing off 88.6% of the penalties they’ve taken this season, conceding five power-play goals.