The Edmonton Oilers left town earlier today, in preparation for the team’s first road trip of the season.
The two-game test will take the young Oilers to Minnesota, before heading to Cow Town Saturday for a rematch with the Calgary Flames, who they defeated handily, 4-0, on opening night at Rexall Place last week.
The Edmonton faithful may want to cut out the standings page of their preferred local rag, underlining bragging rights, at least for the first two games of the 2010-11 campaign, of their team’s first-place positioning atop the Northwest Division standings with a 2-0 record. Edmonton recorded its second “W” of the season Sunday, during the club’s less-than-stellar 3-2 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers.
Nonetheless, for many of the team’s new recruits, including Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Magnus Piaarvi, the two-game journey will mark the first NHL road trip.
A time when players leave their families at home, get to know their road roommates and come together away from the rink, as a team. And maybe even put an end to the road nightmare vs. the Wild, who have owned their northern Alberta visitors the last 13 trips through the North Star State.
Former Wild thug Derek Boogart was, on many of those 13 nights, responsible for Edmonton’s nightmare, working the art of intimidation and on-ice thuggery to perfection. With the Boogie Man since departed, signing with the Rangers during the off-season, Edmonton head coach Tom Rennie is hopeful, along with a “renewed positive, young energy throughout the lineup, that his squad can regain some valuable ground in the standings this season, at the hands of a key Northwest Division opponent.
In the meantime Oiler fans, chins up…sticks down!
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