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by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

Two days from now, Oil Country will bid a final farewell to Rexall Place.

As the Oilers prepare to host the Vancouver Canucks, they have been working to regroup from Saturday night’s Battle of Alberta loss and make Wednesday a night to remember.

“It’s something that you’re going to remember for a long time,” said Oilers forward Taylor Hall. “Todd (McLellan) brought it up this morning, Winnipeg was playing their final home game last night and they really brought it, they won 5-1 against a playoff team and their fans were applauding their effort, like they should. That’s what we want to see from our team. It’s incredible what can happen when you play hard in front of these fans, they appreciate it. For us, I think it’s about holding us to a high standard even though we’re not in the playoffs. We owe it to each other.”

Oilers forward Jordan Eberle agrees with his teammate, adding there is a lot of pride in the organization for past and present players and that today’s practice allowed them to regroup for Wednesday.

“Guys are still playing for jobs, they’re playing for pride… they’re playing for a lot of things,” he said. “There should be no reason why that effort shouldn’t come out. We have a chance on Wednesday to feel good about ourselves and to finish well in this rink and give the fans something to cheer about, what they deserve.”

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