There’s a preconceived notion that when a team travels, they’re less likely to achieve the winning results they want.
Lack of home fans, lack of home-ice advantage and lack of a familiar environment are just a few of the reasons as to how a team can be affected when on the road. Throw in travelling in-between games played and that can really interrupt a pattern.
“We’ve got to get better as a road team,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.
Though the home record is, in McLellan’s opinion, “A little above average,” it’s the road record that needs to improve.
The Oilers are currently 5-13-2 on the road this season, compared to 2-10-7 at this time last year.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a written rule or a math formula for quick fixes to generate greater team outcomes on the road, it’s more of a feeling out process.
“[At home] we get more of a opportunity to match up the way we want, I think first of all,” said McLellan. “Two, the comfort of playing in our own environment and surroundings certainly helps. We feel the fans behind us, and that can create some energy for us. We’ve played a better overall team game at home too, so that probably lends itself to having a better home record…but we’ve been poor on the road, so that’s the big swing.