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BLOG: Home-ice advantage

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Down 2-0 in their best-of-seven series against the Portland Winterhawks, the Edmonton Oil Kings will look to take advantage of their own home ice as the series comes home for games three and four tomorrow and Wednesday. The Oil Kings haven’t lost a game at home all playoffs (8-0-0-0).

“I don’t think we’ve lost a game here throughout the playoffs so far,” Curtis Lazar said. “That goes to show that we love playing for our fans and on our home ice and it’s no different than any team in the league.”

Lazar continued, “Our focus right now is game three and we’ll play it like a 0-0 series and that’s our main point. You’ve got to win on home ice just like Portland, they did their job down there and it’s a matter of us doing ours up here.”

Going down 2-0 in the series was a tough pill to swallow but now the Oil Kings have a chance to tie things up with two strong games at home.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” Griffin Reinhart said. “It’s never easy to play against Portland, especially in their atmosphere that they have. They’ve got a great crowd out there and we’ve got to come here and take advantage of our home ice and try to even the series out.”

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