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"All the outside noise and all that stuff, as a team and group, we're in it together," said Zack Kassian

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - The team that loses together, prevails together.

That's the case for the Oilers, who have dropped two straight and accrued a total of seven points through the first 11 games of the 2017-18 season.

Winger Zack Kassian commented on the club's predicament and reinforced their steadfast approach to the current slump.

"As a group, we stick together," Kassian said Thursday. "All the outside noise and all that stuff, as a team and group, we're in it together. There's nobody above anybody."

Video: RAW | Zack Kassian

The Oilers own a 3-7-1 record and there are certain lessons learned from the current situation.

"It just shows that you need a team to win hockey games," Kassian, who has one point and 17 penalty minutes in 11 games, continued. "We have the best player in the world and we're still not winning hockey games."

Kassian recalled a similar descent last season, which the Oilers recovered from. He believes the upward tick needs to begin Friday when Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils visit Rogers Place.

"We went through rough patches last year - in November I believe," he said. "When it's at the beginning of the year, it sucks and it stings. It's not the way you want to get out of the gate but we need to turn this around."

"There's a good New Jersey team coming in here tomorrow night and we're going to need a good game."

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