Oilers finding their road legs

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:22 PM ET

ATLANTA — They’ve shown more jump on this road trip than they have in the past couple of weeks.

The Edmonton Oilers seem to have found their skating legs again after suffering issues with the flu.

With the exception of Wednesday’s first period where they were out-shot 14-8 by the Buffalo Sabres the Oilers have been able to keep up with opponents lately.

It’s something they were struggling with during a stretch where they lost six of seven games and blew a four-goal lead in the other.

“I think people don’t realize how much the flu really affects you,” said Oilers forward Sam Gagner. “If it’s one guy, they you can kind of get through it. But it’s the whole team, then it’s kind of hard to pick each other up and play through it.

“I think we’re through it now and we’re moving forward. Hopefully now we can turn this into a successful road trip.”

So far after three games, it’s been an average road trip.

The Oilers have three points in their three road games, which started with a win in Colorado, then an overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators, and a regulation loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

On Sunday afternoon, the Oilers face the Atlanta Thrashers before closing out the trip in Columbus against the Blue Jackets the following night.

“I think everyone has a lot more energy lately,” said Oilers forward Gilbert Brule. “We’re all finding our legs. We’re getting over the flu, we’re getting over the H1N1 virus and we’re getting back to normal here.

“I think if we can go into Atlanta and Columbus and try to get on them early, that would be huge for us.”


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