The Oilers picked up right where they left off last year when it comes to absorbing punishment.
Anson Carter was knocked from the game with a concussion 1:31 into the first period. His last shift was a tough one - he got crushed in the corner by Kris Newbury, took an interference penalty behind the play five seconds later and was crushed in the corner by Wade Belak five seconds after that.
Edmonton lost a handful of players to concussions last season, but they don't see a need to bring in a superheavyweight to help dampen their opponent's aggressiveness.
Head coach Craig MacTavish says they'll go the team toughness route again this year.
"Intimidation is a big part of the game, you have to have some toughness," he said. "But we feel we have enough. Sheldon Souray is plenty tough, Matt Greene's tough. Steve Staios will battle and fight when he has to. Zack Stortini, Ethan Moreau, Raffi Torres ... we have enough toughness.
"Do I envision having a team that's going to be fighting guys like Boogaard every time we play them? Absolutely not. That's the strength of his game. Why give him the ability to do what he does best? You have to be punishing on the other factions of their team, and we have plenty of guys to do that."
SOURAY INCHING CLOSER
Sheldon Souray skated yesterday morning but sat out last night as a precautionary measure.
"It's something very minor but it took a couple of days to settle down," he said of the back he tweaked in pre-camp fitness testing. "I'm looking forward to getting in a game soon, hopefully Thursday."
ICE CHIPS ...
D Mathieu Roy took a puck in the face early in the first period and didn't return ... The Oilers assigned Ryan Flinn, the tough guy who broke his thumb in a scrap with Adam Huxley, to Springfield of the AHL.