Oilers coach focused on keeping practice interesting

Dallas Eakins says the mood on the team is upbeat, and he hopes the team can pick up where it left...

Dallas Eakins says the mood on the team is upbeat, and he hopes the team can pick up where it left off before the Olympic break. (PERRY MAH/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:07 PM ET

Good thing Allen Iverson isn’t an Edmonton Oiler.

Because we talkin’ practice, man, eight straight days of practice.

With the Oilers stuck in Olympic break mode until they host Minnesota on Feb. 27, the club is pretty much back in training camp mode.

They can’t re-start the season, which is too bad, because they’ll still be in 29th when the schedule resumes, but they do hope to use this time as a springboard into the stretch drive.

“We’re changing a couple of things, system wise, and if there’s a time to do it, it’s right now,” said winger Taylor Hall, after a nearly two-hour session Thurdsday at Rexall Place.

“And for me, I’m working on my basics again, shooting, passing, skating, making sure that when I come back for these last 22 games I’m the best I can be.”

When it’s 20 days between games — 13 since their last one and seven more till their next one — even the most dedicated athlete runs the risk of losing focus. So head coach Dallas Eakins is


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