The Beatles got by with a little help from their friends, but the Edmonton Oilers top six forwards have been forced to go it alone.

Offensively, anyway.

One of the reasons Edmonton ranks in the bottom third in NHL with 19 goals in eight games is because you can fit all of their goal scorers in one SUV and still have room for their equipment.

Ten of those goals have come from the power trio of Nail Yakupov (5), Sam Gagner (3) and Ales Hemsky (2) and five from Jordan Eberle (3) and Taylor Hall (2).

Throw in two from defenceman Justin Schultz and that leaves two goals in eight games from everyone else on the team.

For the third and fourth lines, six guys over eight games equals 48-man games of ice time that generated just two goals, one off Shawn Horcoff's skate and one from Lennart Petrell.

No other defenceman beside Schultz has a goal, so there's another 40-man games with nothing from the other five.

Considering that the Oilers have three one-goal losses, who knows where they'd be with a little run support.

"Overall our five-on-five game we'd like to see some scoring there," said head coach Ralph Krueger. "It would relieve the pressure on Gagner's and Nuge's lines. It's something we're working on."

There's no discounting the importance of what the bottom six provides in other areas of the game — they staff the NHL's fifth-ranked penalty kill, which is crucial on a team that takes as many penalties as Edmonton.

In fact, Krueger believes if they weren't always running themselves ragged trying to snuff out opposition power plays, they might have more time and energy to create offence.

"They're using a lot of energy to kill penalties right now," said Krueger.