Pleau spending quality time with his GM dad

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, Last Updated: 11:47 AM ET

There are quirks in a hockey team's schedule. And there are quirks of fate.

With the Edmonton Oil Kings boarding a bus last Monday for a long trip to Prince Albert, Sask., and a one-game showdown with the Raiders, head coach Steve Pleau missed a chance to spend time with his father. Larry Pleau was in town with his St. Louis Blues to face the Oilers that same night.

By virtue of winning that game, the Kings moved onto Calgary to open the series with the Hitmen. And coach Pleau did get to spend quality time with his GM dad as the Blues continued a western swing that saw them playing the Canucks on Thursday and the Flames last night.

- Another scheduling quirk may also prove to have bonus benefits for the Oil Kings coach. Not to mention, the players.

The Flames game last night and the National Lacrosse League Roughnecks playing at the Saddledome tonight created the two-game gap between Games 1 and 2 of the the WHL playoffs.

"A great thing for us is we've got Game 1 under our belts and we've got two days to prepare," Pleau said yesterday. "We've got a video from the game, a lot of things we can learn ... We know we can't have defensive breakdowns against this team and that's where our focus has to be."

- Will Tampa Bay-drafted Torrie Jung be back with the Oil Kings as a 20-year-old next year? He doesn't know, doesn't care, right now.

"It's in the back of my mind, sure, but my focus right now is this series and these games, helping these guys make a good impression.

"I'll cross that bridge when I come to it."


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