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Oilers feeling good following road trip

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:39 PM ET

The Edmonton Oilers returned home feeling good about their recent accomplishments on the road.

Despite getting off to a rough start in Calgary, the Oilers were able to collect four of a possible six points on their recent three-game road trip.

It was punctuated with an impressive 7-4 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

"I felt like we kind of grew as a team as the road trip went along," said Oilers centre Sam Gagner. "We felt pretty fortunate to get a point in Columbus because of the way we played. And because of that we wanted to prove to people that, that's not the way we should play. We went into Chicago with a lot to prove and I think we did a good job of getting on them early and burying our chances."

With their victory in Chicago, the Oilers managed to snap a six-game losing skid.

They'll host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday and the Detroit Red Wings Friday before heading out on an extended five-game road trip while the Canadian Finals Rodeo takes over Rexall Place.

Pens run dry: After scoring three goals in his first four games, Dustin Penner has cooled off.

The Oilers forward has one point in his last five games and has seen himself dropped to the third line.

"We have to spend time with him and show him clips of last year and the types of things that he was doing last year in order to be successful," said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. "We have to help him connect with that emotionally and help him remember what the feeling was like.

"From a teammate perspective, he's been outstanding, he's been all ears in our meetings and has been very engaged that way, he's just having difficulty with transition I suppose from what's going on off the ice to what he needs to do on the ice."

Penner, 28, scored a career-high 32 goals last season -- 24 of them coming before the Olympic break.

"For him, he has to use his assets," Renney said. "If his shifts have to be a little bit shorter and if he has to spend less time on the ice so he can maximize what he's got, we'll have to look at doing that too."


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