Road to glory or grief?

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

It could be the best of times, it could be the worst of times.

The Edmonton Oilers' upcoming seven-game road trip has the potential to be a team-bonding success, or a complete calamity.

"There are two storylines on this road trip, three if you count mediocrity," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"It could be a terrific bonding time for the team to go out and have a great time on the road. Or it could be an absolute debacle.

"If we continue to play the way we're playing, we could have trouble winning.

"We're good enough now in my mind that we are in charge of our own destiny.

"If we can get our act together collectively, our team game is good enough that we can have success on this road trip."

The seven-game swing begins in Nashville tomorrow night.

From there the Oilers go on to Carolina, Philadelphia, Columbus, Pittsburgh and New Jersey before winding up in New York against the Rangers.

They're heading out with a 4-3-1 record, having dropped their last four games.

"It is nice to get this trip done early in the year," Kyle Brodziak said.

"I know later in the year, it starts to become a real long season and it's always nice to be home later on in the year.

"Now you're not sick of the travel yet, it's always nice to get it out of the way."

The Oilers take off on a long trip annually at this time of the year due to the Canadian Finals Rodeo taking over Rexall Place. Usually it's just for one week. This year it's two.

"It's huge to start off well and gain some momentum," Brodziak said.

"Obviously we've been struggling in the last couple of games. We want to make sure we turn it around on the road trip.

"We want to be able to salvage a good road trip. If you fall behind the eight ball early, especially on a long road trip, it's difficult to turn that momentum around."


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