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Back from the bye week

The Oilers return to the ice following a five-day break and still in a good position

by Paul Gazzola /

The Oilers are back from their five-day break and skated in a full practice at Rogers Place Community Rink Friday.

Some of the Oilers players made the most out of the time to get away from the city, while others stayed in town and rested.

"The break was good," said defenceman Oscar Klefbom. "Me and Lars (Adam Larsson) stayed here, it was nice and quiet. Good to get some rest. I just tried to stay away from the rink here, think about something else for a while, I think it's pretty important to have something to do outside the rink too. It was a good break for sure."

Despite not playing in five days, the Oilers didn't lose much ground on their position in the Pacific Division. The club is 29-18-8 on the season, two points back of the second-place Anaheim Ducks and four points back of the Pacific Divison-leading San Jose Sharks.

"It's something we (and the fans) can be excited about... We put ourselves in a good spot," said Oilers Captain Connor McDavid.

Klefbom is anticipating some big games as the Oilers enter the stretch drive.

"It's tight, it's going to be tight for the rest of the season," he said. "Last game (against Montreal) was obviously really big for us but now we have some even bigger games coming up so we got to be ready from the start here."

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