Oilers coming off first real break of season

Oilers centre Sam Gagner says it's important for players to get a chance to recharge their...

Oilers centre Sam Gagner says it's important for players to get a chance to recharge their batteries. (Ian Kucerak, Edmonton Sun)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 PM ET

EDMONTON - A hornets’ nest full of angry fans is pretty low on everyone’s list of places to go for a little R&R, but for the besieged and bedraggled Oilers, the last 72 hours in Edmonton still felt like a Hawaiian vacation.

You know, if Hawaii was cool and gloomy and the people were bitter and everyone kept telling the tourists how crappy they look. But when you’ve played 13 games, nine of them on the road, in 25 days, and lost eight players to injury along the way, any rest, anywhere, feels like paradise.

After three days without a game or a flight, their longest stretch since the first week of the season, the Oilers are hoping the mental and physical break will help trigger the run that is urgently needed to save their season.

“You’d hope so,” said centre Sam Gagner. “It’s important, especially mentally, to recharge your batteries and focus on what we need to do to get a win here.


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