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Is it the road to riches?

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

MONTREAL -- There are probably better places for a struggling team to try and right its ship than on the road, especially when they're even worse there than they are at home, but having blown their chance to make things right at Rexall Place, the Oilers don't have a choice.

So, ready or not, there they go. Coming soon to an arena nowhere near you, Edmonton, it's the Oilers' "Get Your Act Together Tour." Opening night is this evening in Montreal, followed by limited engagements in Detroit, Columbus, St. Louis and Denver.

"We've been a team over the last number of years that has played very well on the road," said Craig MacTavish, whose club will attempt to rediscover its game on the road, where it is 1-4 this season. "This gives us a chance to redeem ourselves."

Or fall farther below the west playoff cutline.

"We're still confident that we're going to bounce out of it on this trip," said Joffrey Lupul.

"We talked about simplifying our game a little bit, grinding it out and getting our results that way."

Last time Edmonton hit the road, they really hit the road - falling flat on their faces in a pair of 6-2 losses to Anaheim and Phoenix.

"We haven't been a 60-minute, start-to-finish team, except for maybe one or two games this year, and that's unacceptable," said Ryan Smyth. "We take pride in our consistency and work ethic. It's important that we utilize that.

"Nowadays, small errors cost you. Teams are so equally balanced you can't let anything slide."

Added captain Jason Smith: "We haven't played as well as we would have liked on the road but we've got a great opportunity here."


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