Edmonton Oilers aim to end extended road trip on a positive note

Ales Hemsky crashes the Avalanche net the last time the OIlers were in Denver in early February....

Ales Hemsky crashes the Avalanche net the last time the OIlers were in Denver in early February. While the Oilers wanted to earn at least nine points in nine gems on their extended road trip, a win in Denver would give them eight points from the Brier swing. (Reuters)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:10 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers had a clear target heading out on their nine-game road trip.

They wanted at least a point for every game they played.

The best they can do going into the final game Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche is eight.

But considering where the team was just two days ago, they’ll take it, move on and try to put together a streak in the second half of the season to get them back in the race.

“We know that we’re going have to start winning some games and start stringing together some wins if we want to get a playoff spot. It’s now or never for us,” said Oilers winger Taylor Hall. “We know that if we get two points (Sunday) we come out of this trip with eight points and it’s not the worst thing in the world, we’re still in the thick of things.

“As big as the (Chicago) game was for us, as big as that win was for us, the two points in Colorado work the same way in the standings. We’re going to have to come out and play the same way. Hopefully


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