It’s a quick turnaround for the Oilers as they shake off yesterday’s loss and prepare to face another visiting Florida team.
With the Panthers on an 11-game winning streak, Edmonton wants to be the ones to stop them in their tracks.
“Every time you face a team that’s on a winning streak you want to be that team to beat them and it’s definitely very exciting for us and we’re going to do whatever we can to beat them,” said Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl.
Slowly but surely, injured players have been making their way back into the line-up — with Iiro Pakarinen being the most recent return. But the absence of others, such as Oscar Klefbom, is still felt across the board.
“The team’s missed his absence,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.
“Without a doubt, Oscar means that much to our team. We’re talking about a guy that’s played 100 NHL games — it’s hard to believe that…He’s very capable playing a number of different situations and I guess the depressing part about Oscar is that we thought we’d have him back in week one, because of his upper body injury, which we would of. Then this strange thing happens and he’s still not skating so we keep hoping and kind of getting turned back at the door.”
In efforts to secure a win, Draisaitl said that it’s important the Oilers are consistent and maintain control with their puck possession.
“I think they really feed off of turnovers so we have to make sure we manage the puck well and stick to our game plan and I think that the rest will fall into place.”