Basement dwelling Oilers face tough task in San Jose, Anaheim

Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (14) attempts to split Phoenix Coyotes defencemen Keith...

Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (14) attempts to split Phoenix Coyotes defencemen Keith Yandle (3) and Derek Morris during NHL play at Jobing.com Arena. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:50 PM ET

The Sharks and the Ducks, back to back?

Get the “Happy New Years” in while you can, Oilers fans, 2014 could get old in a hurry.

The 29th-place Oilers could be in for a pretty rough 24 hours as they kick off the calendar year against two teams that are a combined 29-1-5 at home.

They get San Jose (14-1-3 at the Shark Tank) on Thursday and Anaheim (15-0-2 at the Pond) on Friday.

Those are frightening buildings for any opponent, let alone one that is 7-13-3 on the road,

“It’s definitely going to be a challenge for us,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, after the Oilers broke practice in San Jose. “But we have to try and bounce back after the last game. We know that these guys are going to come out hard at home so we have to be prepared for that.”

Nugent-Hopkins says if the Oilers, who have points in four straight games (two wins and a couple of blown-lead overtime and shoot-out losses) are going to start the New Year in a new direction, this is the perfect t


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