BLOG: Comforts of home
The Edmonton Oil Kings are undefeated on home ice in these 2014 WHL playoffs. Down 2-0 in their WHL finals series to Portland, the club is excited to be back home and have a chance to even up the series with game three tonight and game four tomorrow night in Edmonton.
“I’m excited to get going,” forward Curtis Lazar said. “Our fans have supported us all season. I mean, we’re comfortable here. We’re used to the environment, we’re used to the ice and I think we’re going to have a pretty good push back tonight.”
The Oil Kings are 8-0-0-0 in these playoffs at Rexall Place and have a comfort level associated with their pre-game routines in Edmonton.
“Kid’s are sleeping in their own beds, they get the chance to prepare the best way and they have that ritual of coming to the game tonight as they’ve done in all of the playoff games,” Oil Kings Head Coach Derek Laxdal said. “For us, it’s just a matter of we’ve got to focus on what we do and there’s some areas of the game that we can get better at, i.e. turnovers, i.e. bad penalties, more shots to the net, a little bit more intensity in our game and those are things that are easy to change. It’s just a mindset, sharpening up those little details of the game.”
“It’s definitely nice to be home,” added forward Mitch Moroz. “Both teams are better at home and they look forward to being on home ice. We’re hoping to take advantage of it and make a series of it and get the first one here at home.”