Gregor trots out one of the favourite memes of the local sporting press:
The first game at home after a lengthy road trip is tough on many teams, but over the years the Oilers have struggled to put forth a good effort — and they know it.
They had a meeting this morning that focused on ensuring they don’t have a let down tonight.
Since 1999-00, the Oilers have taken 41 points out of 30 games after a road trip of four games or more. That’s a 112 point pace over 82 games. The fevered summer dreams of Kevin Lowe and Steve Tambellini aside, they have not been anything near a 112 point team at any point during that time period. It’s almost certainly just randomness but I find it amazing that the truth is completely opposite the facts; this isn’t seizing on something meaningless – it’s seizing on something invented.