Home boys

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

During last season's playoffs, the Oilers owned opponents at Rexall Place. That dominance has carried over to this season.

With Saturday's 4-0 win over the Washington Capitals, the Oilers improved their home record to 6-0 this season. That ties a franchise record. During the playoffs the Oilers were 8-3 at home.

"For some reason we really stick to our systems while at home," said Oilers centre Shawn Horcoff. "On the road we might be trying to do a little too much."

The Oilers are 1-4 on the road this season. They play the Nashville Predators at Rexall Place tomorrow and the Dallas Stars here on Friday - before heading out on a five-game road trip.

"It's great home cooking," said Oilers winger Ryan Smyth. "Everybody is eager to play at home. The fans here are electrifying. We want to utilize that."

Guests in the house

The Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League were visitors at Oilers practice yesterday.

The club was on its way to Saskatoon to face the Blades tomorrow. The juniors watched the Oilers go through their paces and then took to the ice themselves.

"Over the course of a season, it's nice to have other ways to give the same message," said Silvertips coach Kevin Constantine. "We talk all the time about being a pro, playing like a pro, acting like a pro."

With the Oilers having been awarded a WHL franchise for next season, the club is inviting WHL teams to stop by on their travels.

Silvertips forward Brennan Sonne, 19, said seeing the Oilers at work was special. "It's cool to be here." The Silvertips are in first place in the WHL's U.S. Division.

Skating backwards

Petr Sykora and Jarret Stoll spent some time with the defenceman yesterday. They play the point on the power play and were getting some tips in case the play ends up going the other way.

"It's always good to prepare," Sykora said. "Sometimes things don't work out and then the play comes back at us. You don't get to do a lot of backwards skating playing forward."


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