For Taylor Hall, good offence starts in his own end.

The Edmonton Oilers forward is coming off a strong week, good enough to be recognized Monday by the NHL as one of its three stars.

Hall had four goals and a pair of assists in three games for the Oilers last week, but credits his good form to better play in his own end, despite what a television analyst might say.

“I feel like I’ve been playing pretty well, I’ve definitely improved in my own end,” Hall said. “I’ve definitely improved since the start of the year and I’m trending upwards. I hope that continues.”

The Oilers, to a man, struggled defensively at the start of the season. They still have issues to resolve, but Hall feels he’s starting to become less of a liability in his own end of the ice.

With less time spent chasing the puck, the talented winger is spending more time in the offensive zone where his finishing skills match up anyone on the team.

Hall is currently tied for the team lead in scoring with David Perron and Jordan Eberle, all with 25 points on the year. Hall has played fewer games that his two teammates, having sat out part of the year with a knee injury. He has 11 goals and 14 assists on the season, collecting his fourth career hat trick in an 8-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche last Thursday.

“I like the way I’m playing defensively and our team is scoring a lot of goals lately and that’s helping,” Hall said. “We’re winning games and in turn that’s going to create some individual success. I’ve been shooting the puck lately, I’ve been getting a lot of shots to the net and whoever I’m playing with, I’ve been able to have some good chemistry.

“I hope that continues and it has to. It’s fun to win, even though we’re not winning every game, I feel like we’re doing the right things and we’re on the right track.”

Hall will be on a line with Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov when the Oilers host the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) at Rexall Place.