Changing lines on the fly is one of hockey’s most basic skills. It’s one the Edmonton Oilers feel they neglected in their game one overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night.
After practicing on Thursday, the Oilers were lamenting shifts that went on far too long.
“We watched a couple of video clips where we made three changes before they even made one.”said winger Zack Kassian. “Those things are all fixable in our game. No doubt we’ll learn from them and be better in game two.”
It didn’t help that the Oilers were shorthanded six times on Wednesday, upsetting the usual flow of the lines.
“Guys were sitting on the bench for a while, and then you get out there, you feel like you have to stay and do more,” said centre Mark Letestu. “There were good intentions to it. There was nothing negligent or lazy about it. It was just a little bit of a lesson. We’re going to learn them along the way. That’s just one so far.”
Defenceman Adam Larsson was the only Oiler not to practice, but he is expected to play on Friday. Catch game two on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 6pm. The game starts at 8:30pm. (jrw)