The Edmonton Oilers are set to take it outside with the Winnipeg Jets.
The two teams will meet Sunday afternoon at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg in the 2016 Heritage Classic.
It’ll be the fourth outdoor game for Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot. He played in the Heritage Classic in Calgary in 2011 as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. In January of 2014, he was a New York Ranger when they played two games at Yankee Stadium.
“Light snow, it was beautiful. Packed house, too,” Pouliot recalls. “Calgary was a little different. It was really, really freezing. It didn’t feel comfortable for the guys.”
The Oilers are excited but trying to stay focused.
“You have to keep in mind it’s worth two points, and two big points,” says winger Jordan Eberle. “As much as you’re going to feel great out there and have fun, you don’t want to get caught too much in it. We have to focus on what we came here to do.”
Eberle is the only Oiler with a point in all five games this season.
“We came here to win. We came here to get two points. You can’t forget this is a regular season game. I know it’s under special conditions, but you can’t forgot why you came here,” says centre Leon Draisaitl.
Winger Jesse Puljujarvi is expected to return to action after sitting out the last two games. Anton Slepyshev will likely come out.
The Heritage Classic is on 630 CHED on Sunday with the Face-off Show at 11:30am. The game starts at 1pm. (jrw)