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Oilers Head Coach not looking to deviate from what brought the team their success

by Paul Gazzola /

With Game 82 in the rear-view mirror, the Oilers look ahead to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs where they will face off against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Or, as Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan is viewing it, Game 83.

"The approach that we're going to take (in playoffs) is we're going to play Game 83," McLellan said following his club's 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. "It just happens that from 83 to 90, we're going to play the same team."

The Oilers closed the season 8-2-0 in their last 10 games and on a three-game win streak. The club finished fifth on the power play (22.9%), 17th shorthanded (80.7%) and with a plus-35 goal differential.

"We're not going to change a lot as a team," continued McLellan. "We're going to continue to try to improve from night to night. You have to do that in the playoffs.

"Preparation will be a little more extensive than what it normally is because the games come so fast during the regular season. Post-game evaluation and adjustments as you move forward is a little bit different because you're continuing on to play that team. We don't really want to take our guys out of the rhythm that they're in. They've done a good job down the stretch and we just want to continue doing that."

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