Fourth-line combo clicking for Oilers

Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu skates with the puck as Victor Bartley of the Predators tries to check...

Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu skates with the puck as Victor Bartley of the Predators tries to check him during action in Edmonton on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (Derek Leung/Getty Images/AFP)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:16 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers fourth line understands its role.

And they also understand it’s hard to play that role stapled to the bench.

In Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Nashville Predators, the unit accounted for the Oilers’ first goal and were rewarded with their fair share of ice time throughout the contest.

Heading into their game against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, the unit consisting of Ryan Gazdic, Jesse Joensuu and Ryan Smyth, were hoping to be effective again.

“The fourth line had been excellent (Sunday), it wasn’t a product that we were up and we could play them,” said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins, prior to Monday’s game. “They got us some great shifts, they were in on a goal.

“I think if our fourth line can go out and play like they did (Sunday) night, I think they can do some damage against Vancouver’s matchup. Size and strength goes a long way in our conference and that line showed exactly how we have to play.”


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