The Oilers felt the change in altitude immediately after stepping out onto the Denver ground after landing today. When they got on the ice for practice, they felt it even more. It is something all visiting NHL teams have to deal with when they come to town to take on the Colorado Avalanche.
"You definitely feel it," said Oilers winger David Perron. "Just today, we were out there for half an hour maybe or 45 minutes and when you go hard, you definitely feel it. I think they say it would take two weeks to fully get used to it and almost fully a week after to recover. But, it is what it is. We're not the only NHL team that goes through this. We'll be fine."
Some players didn't think the change in altitude would be any factor, until they experienced it for the first time.
"It's actually different," said Jordan Eberle. "I never really thought much of it when I was a younger guy, but you can definitely feel the difference when you come here. It's a good thing to get on the ice here a day early and get adjusted to it because it is for sure an adjustment. Once you get into the flow of the game, you don't really notice it."
The Oilers fully expect to be acclimated after warmups tomorrow night.