Oilers face critical two-game road trip

Vladimir Tarasenko levels Ryan Jones behind the Oilers net during the third period of the Blues 3-0...

Vladimir Tarasenko levels Ryan Jones behind the Oilers net during the third period of the Blues 3-0 win Saturday at Rexall Place. (Reuters)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 PM ET

EDMONTON - Often it’s best to get out of town when things have soured at home and the locals have grown restless.

The Edmonton Oilers boarded a plan to Nashville Sunday, a day after being booed off the ice at Rexall Place.

It wasn’t so much they lost to the St. Louis Blues Saturday night, but more the manner in which they dropped the 3-0 contest, which upset the paying public.

“The compete level right through our lineup was not where it needed to be against a St. Louis Blues team that you have to say played an excellent and perfect road game,” said head coach Ralph Krueger. “Losing to the St. Louis Blues is not a problem for us. The problem is if we lose this way and we’re unable to compete against them.”

The Oilers were limited to 19 shots and were unable to generate anything on three power-play opportunities.

It was not the way the club was hoping to round out a home stand, which had looked so promising at one point.


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