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Edmonton Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins working on defence, confident offence will follow

Ryan Nugent Hopkins, shown here in Sunday's game in St. Paul, Minn., notched a single point against...

Ryan Nugent Hopkins, shown here in Sunday's game in St. Paul, Minn., notched a single point against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday but would have had more if Jordan Eberle had converted a couple of overtime passes. (Reuters)

Derek Van Diest, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 PM ET

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins knows his offensive game has to get better.

As the Edmonton Oilers first-line centre, his one goal in 21 games this season is a reflection of the team's struggles.

Yet going up against opponent's top lines for the majority of the year, Nugent-Hopkins and the Oilers know what he does in his own end is as equally important to the club's success.

Thursday will be another big challenge, taking on the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena.

"I feel better than I did last year out there,. The points haven't come as easily as they did last year but I'm going to keep working on that and keep working on my offence," Nugent-Hopkins said.


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