Renney on Sharks; Oilers' struggles

January 23, 2012, 6:32 pm
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PROGRAMMING ALERT: Sharks Pregame Live begins at 6 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California, with the puck drop at 6:30 p.m., followed by Sharks Postgame Live.

EDMONTON -- Oilers head coach Tom Renney addressed the media after his teams morning skate at Rexall Place, as they prepare to host the Sharks later.

Theyre one of those teams, that every year, sometimes a little later than others, they seem to nail down their game and how they play and how they have to play to have success, Renney said of San Jose. Even though they had a tough loss the other night against Vancouver, they played a good game. We expect well have our hands full.

Renneys club is just 8-23-2 in its past 33 games, after starting the year 9-3-2. He was asked what hed like to see from his team after an atrocious 6-2 loss to Calgary on Saturday night.

What we need to do is be mentally tough. We have to understand that theres an ebb and flow to every game, Renney said. Theres momentum swings, and things happen. Wed like to be able to control every aspect of the game but sometimes you dont, and you have to deal with that.

Also, dont expect to see former Shark Ben Eager or fellow tough guy Darcy Hordichuk in the lineup tonight. Ditto Ryan Whitney, who is skating but not fully recovered from an ankle injury that has sidelined him for the last 13 games.

Devyn Dubnyk was the first goaltender off of the ice for the Oilers, so its a good bet hell get the start over Nikolai Khabibulin.

The Oilers recalled defenseman Taylor Chorney and forwards Lennart Petrell and Teemu Hartikainen from Oklahoma City on Sunday, and all are expected to play tonight, said Renney.