EDMONTON, AB - Happy, but not satisfied. Confident, but not cocky. Winning, but still working.
The Oilers may have boasted a 7-1-0 record and the most points in the NHL after Friday night's 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, but they're fully aware the season consists of 82 games - not eight - and they need to keep forging ahead.
The team hit the ice on Saturday afternoon at the Downtown Community Arena before travelling to Winnipeg where they'll start a mini two-game road trip on Sunday against the Jets.
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Naturally, having swept their two-game homestand with victories over the Philadelphia Flyers and aforementioned Red Wings, there were plenty of pre-flight smiles and positivity, but the players were also preaching a confident, workmanlike approach.
"Our attitude in there right now is a winning attitude," said veteran centreman Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. "We go into every game giving ourselves a chance to win... It can be early, it can be late, it doesn't really matter. You want to get rolling at any time in the season. The start is a big key for sure, but we've got to keep it going and we have that right mentality right now."
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"It feels good, everybody's happy and 7-1 is a really good start, but it's nothing more than that," added fellow 2011 first-round draft pick Oscar Klefbom. "We know it's a long season and a lot of stuff can happen, but we're very happy with where we're at right now... We're just going to continue and not settle down here. We've got to be ready."
Edmonton will look to make it three consecutive victories when they take on the 4-5-0 Jets on Sunday before heading to Minnesota to play the 1-6-0 Wild on Tuesday.