The Edmonton Oilers were hoping to make some hay on their eight-game home stand, but halfway through they have only a small bed of straw instead of a burly bale.
The Oilers are 1-2-1 so far on the stand and just 7-9-1 over their last 17 games. They’ve slipped out of the top three in the Pacific Division and sit in the first wild card spot in the Western Conference going into Monday night’s action.
However, despite not having taken large strides towards clinching a playoff spot, the team remains calm and positive.
“The main thing is you have to trust in yourself, trust in the system, and have some fun with it. It’s a fun time of year,” said winger Milan Lucic. “It’s almost spring time, even though it might not feel like it. As a competitor, this is the time of the year where you want to be playing in games like this.”
“I know the veterans players who have been through it before are saying and doing the right things,” head coach Todd McLellan said. “Tomorrow is an opportunity for us. We park last night’s game and look forward.”
The Oilers will host the Dallas Stars Tuesday night. With just four goals in their last three games, McLellan was asked about possibly rolling out new lines against the Stars.
“We’re debating whether we move a couple of players around. We’ll likely give this group an opportunity again,” McLellan said.
“We can’t rely on other teams to get the job done for us. We have to go out there and win those games and take matters into our own hands,” Lucic added.
The Oilers and Stars will be on 630 CHED Tuesday with the Face-off Show at 5:30pm. The game will start at 7pm. (jrw)