If rust never sleeps and the Oilers never play, then what should we expect when Edmonton takes the ice Thursday for a rare … what do you call it … oh, yeah, game?
“We want to get into a routine, where you’re playing every second night, or three in five, where you start feeling comfortable on the ice,” said Shawn Horcoff, part of Oilers team that’s been going stir crazy during a two-game-in-10-day stretch. “When you get out there now you feel like it’s your first game of the year because you haven’t played in so long.”
It’s been five days since their last start, a 5-3 loss in Calgary, so there might be a little rust to knock off, odd as it sounds in late October, when they take on the Wild. With most clubs in the five, six and even seven game range, Edmonton has been stuck on four since Oct. 16.
“Four days between games can be really counterproductive,” said head coach Tom Renney. “You don’t want it to cost you a hockey game to find out exactly where they are with that, but that’s our job as coaches, to make sure that it doesn’t happen. These guys are really good at paying attention and coming to work. I’m not concerned at this point in time whether or not they’re going to come prepared (on Thursday).”