The Canucks have had their games postponed through April 6, meaning Saturday’s game at Rogers Place won’t be going forward as planned.
“It’s not ideal, but every team is going through it,” centre Leon Draisaitl said Thursday before the game was postponed.
“Our focus is on Friday; not on Saturday.”
The Oilers were on the ice at Rogers Place Thursday morning for the first time in 12 days.
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The team endured an unusual road trip that saw three games in Montreal postponed, followed by two overtime games in Toronto. It concluded with a lackluster game back in Montreal.
“I think it was nice to get home, sleep in our beds, be with families. That’s just a big energy booster right there,” said winger Josh Archibald.
“Hope we got us back some energy,” said head coach Dave Tippett. “I don’t know if it was so much physical energy; but mental energy.
“You go on the road for that long and you’re kind of locked in a hotel. It wears on you a little bit.
“We had a good practice today. Hopefully, we got some of that zip back in our game that we were missing last game.”
Dominik Kahun was back on Draisaitl’s left wing on Thursday after being scratched the last two games. Alex Stalock was on the ice as a third goalie. The Oilers claimed Stalock off waivers from Minnesota on March 1. He hasn’t played this season after being diagnosed with myocarditis in November.
“We’ll see where he gets to you. He has good NHL experience. That’s why we picked him up,” said Tippett. “If we think he deserves a start, you never know.”
The Oilers and Flames are on 630 CHED on Friday with the Face-off Show at 5:30 p.m. The game will start at 7 p.m.
– With files from Kirby Bourne, 630 CHED