BLOG: Power play will have different look
The Oilers have struggled lately on the power play with only one power play goal in their last 19 attempts, and no power play goals in their last five games (all losses).
Making things worse, during the 1-for-19 stretch, the team has given up three shorthanded goals and in all, the Oilers have allowed a league-high eight shorthanded markers.
"You look at the good power plays and they are very simple. There's a net front presence and you're going to attack the net whether you're driving the net or the puck's coming to the net.
"The problem for skilled guys is when they are struggling they tend to go the other way. Instead of simplifying they try to go through guys."
Because of the struggles, Eakins said that he was going to try some different looks on his second power play unit.
"Our one unit will look a lot the same as it has. We are going to simplify them. And the next unit is going to be very simplified. Playing on the power play is a privilege. I don't care if you're in PeeWee or the NHL, it's a privilege to go out on it.
"You get your five-on-five game in check then you'll earn your privilege on the power play. The second unit will look much different than it has before."