After three straight losses on the road, the Edmonton Oilers are bent on picking up where they left off at home - in the win column.
Despite losing four of their last six games on the road, the Oilers remain one of the best teams in the NHL at home (6-1-1) and are bent on keeping it going tonight against the Ottawa Senators.
“We’ve been a tough team to play in this building and we want to continue that,” said Jordan Eberle. “You want to be a team that’s feared in your own building. You go into places like Detroit and Chicago and you know they’re going to be up for their games. We have that reputation here right now and we need to continue that. These two games are very important.”
The Oilers are only home for two games, the Sens and then Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks, before going back out on the road for four.”
“We’re back on the road next week so these two games are really important for us,” said rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “We want to get some momentum going into that.”
Despite the losing streak, Nugent-Hopkins says the mood in the room at home is excellent.
“We’ve been pretty successful at home already this year,” he said. “So we have some confidence coming back here.”
The Sens are 9-9-1 and have won their last two road games.
BAD NEW FOR BARKER - Defenceman Cam Barker’s prognosis went from bad to worse with news that his injured ankle will now require surgery and he’ll be out for three months. It’s a strange situation given that they’re not even sure how or when he injured it in the Boston game, just that it started bothering him afterward and they sent him home from the trip.
An MRI revealed significant damage ... Sam Gagner will miss tonight’s game to rest a sore back.