EDMONTON, AB - Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets was not indicative of the Oilers recent stretch of games.
Edmonton is 5-3-2 in their last 10 and have put together two separate three-game win streaks during the month of March.
Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan was asked about Tuesday's defeat and his club's play of late, noting he's liked the effort from the team - aside from their most recent outing.
"When we look at our segments of games, I think in 10 of our past 12, I thought we played pretty strong games," started the Oilers coach. "We didn't win all of them but the input into the game was what we were looking for. Last night was obviously unacceptable. It was not a very good night for us in a lot of areas but we'll see if we can rebound now heading on the road."
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McLellan believes Edmonton's approach to the conclusion of the campaign has been steadfast, as the club is committed to recovering for next season.
"We've been able to improve our penalty kill and we're still working on the power play," he said. "We've had good efforts from a lot of players. I think if we paint that three-week period with last night's paintbrush, it's not fair to the players and the game they gave us.
"That's not an excuse and that's not letting them off the hook because we were hard on them for their performance last night."
The bench boss believes a bounce-back is due on the upcoming road trip.
"We expect to see a rebound game as early as tomorrow," said McLellan.