DENVER -- After spending 19 of the last 22 days living out of a suitcase on the road to reach the quarter pole of their schedule, the Edmonton Oilers play six of their next eight games at Rexall Place.
And while a steady diet of home-cooking over the next two weeks doesn't guarantee success after a stretch in which they played 14 of 20 games on the road, it's a welcome change for a banged-up and weary bunch.
"There's light at the end of the tunnel," said Ethan Moreau going into last night's game. "It's been a grind, especially with back-to-back games three times on this trip."
The Oilers played games in Colorado, Dallas and Nashville at the end of October, then made a laundry stop at home to face Columbus before embarking on the longest trip of the season, to Detroit, St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Columbus, Chicago and last night's stop in Denver.
The Oilers' next eight-game segment begins Thursday at home against Detroit and sees them host Chicago, San Jose, Colorado, Vancouver and Boston. Their only road games are in Minnesota Nov. 23 and Calgary on Nov. 25.