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Finding an identity

by Chris Wescott @TheChrisWescott / Head Writer

The Oilers are 2-0-0 to start the season for the first time since 2010. It's still very early in the season, but Edmonton has shown the kind of offensive explosiveness they have in their lineup, scoring 12 goals in the first two contests.

As for finding an identity and discovering what this team will be night in and night out, Head Coach Todd McLellan says it's going to take time.

"We're in transition from a year-to-year basis," McLellan said. "We're also in transition on a day-to-day basis here. We're happy that we have points in the bank. I would be saying the same thing if we were 0-2. We've got a lot of work to do. We've got a lot of growth, and it's going to take some time. As the year goes on, we want to make that learning curve and progress report steadily go up and steadily increase in that area. Tonight's an opportunity to take that marker and put it at game three. We want to see it continue to go up."

The growth and identity will come. Right now, the goal of Edmonton is to stack wins in a home-game-heavy October. The Oilers have five of their next eight this month at home.

"I think we all addressed at the start of training camp that it was going to be important to get off to a good start," said winger Jordan Eberle. "It's a fortunate schedule that we play a lot of home games early, and that's going to start right now. It's a Buffalo team we don't see that much in the season, but they've got a good team over there so we've got to be ready to go and try to keep this thing rolling and get some confidence going."

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