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Oilers ready to put painful pre-season behind them

Oilers' Jason Labarbera makes a stop against Canucks forward Zack Kassian as Jeff Petry enters the...

Oilers' Jason Labarbera makes a stop against Canucks forward Zack Kassian as Jeff Petry enters the fray during pre-season action earlier this month. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. - Phil Kessel and Dale Weise are lucky — being suspended for the pre-season is like being suspended from math class.

Punishment? More like ‘Thank you sir, may I have another?’

If Sam Gagner had been suspended for the pre-season, he wouldn’t have a broken jaw and the Edmonton Oilers wouldn’t be living hand to mouth at centre.

It’s a necessary evil, about four games of which aren’t even really necessary.

Fortunately, the long and painfully boring exercise is almost over.

“It’s nice to know that this is our last exhibition game,” said Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall, on the eve of Friday’s date with the Dallas Stars in Oklahoma City. “It’s your last game to really get what you need to get going.

“It’s a long training camp and some of the games are a bit meaningless, but now we know we have one more game to prep and then it’s show time.”


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