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Team has prevailed before, after starting last year 7-1-0 in first 8 games, then going 2-7-1 in next 10

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers haven't celebrated many victories early in 2017-18 but that doesn't mean they won't come. 

The club is currently 3-6-1 with seven points on the season in the first 10-game segment of the campaign. Last year, they were the complete opposite, jumping out the gate with a 7-1-0 record.

But it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. Following their hot start, Edmonton went 2-7-1 in their next 10-game circuit.

"What's interesting and it's sometimes not a good idea to balance it this way: last year - and I prefer not to talk about last year anymore because every year is different - We started out 7-1-0 and then we went 2-7-1 in our next ten games," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.

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McLellan understands how quickly things can change, but emphasized the need for his squad to come together and play their best night in and night out. 

"We're having that 2-7-1 segment right now, although we're a little bit better than that," he continued. "Power play was struggling and the penalty kill wasn't really good during that timeframe. 

"We have the tools, we have the necessary pieces to play better hockey but we have not, other than maybe on opening night, been able to put 18 players together that are playing close to their A game. We find a few and a few fall off. That's usually an indicator of an average or below average record and we're living proof of it right now."

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