Which is good, because it wasn’t.
They also knew that in a week that began with losses in Colorado and Dallas, and ends with a road game in Calgary, these were two points they couldn’t let slip away.
Which is good, because they didn’t.
It might have been a little too close for comfort at times, but the Oilers kept their cool when things got tense and pulled away with three goals in the third period to post a 5-2 victory Thursday at Rogers Place.
“Lot of really good parts to our game tonight,” said head coach Jay Woodcroft, whose club is 6-1-1 in the last eight. “We had contributions up and down our forward lines and D pairings and we got a really good performance out of Mike Smith in goal.
“I thought we tried to play the game fast tonight and that was noticeable.”