Top 5 Road Trips
Rexall Place is one of the busiest sports and entertainment venues in the world. From Oilers and Oil Kings hockey, to professional lacrosse, to high-profile concerts, to national and international sports championships, it's rare to see a day when there isn't an event being held at the arena. The Oilers are currently on the longest road trip in franchise history (nine games) as a result of the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier men's national curling championship taking over Rexall Place. This week we count down the longest previous Oilers road trips.
The 1995-96 Oilers had not one, not two, but three road trips that were five games or longer. They had a five-game trip in October to St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Buffalo; a five-game trip in November to Detroit, Florida, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Calgary; and a huge seven-game swing in March to San Jose, Los Angeles, Colorado, New York, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Ottawa. Their combined record on the three lengthy trips was 7-9-1.
The 1998-99 Oilers were dealt a pair of seven-game road trips when the schedules were made, one in December and one in March. The team had a rough time on the road, earning just two wins and two ties in those 14 games, which included stops in Nashville, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida on the first trip, and Colorado, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Washington, Dallas, St. Louis and Nashville on the second.
The 2005-06 Western Conference champion Oilers endured a stretch between October 25 and November 14 where they played 10 games on the road, with just one home game in the middle. The team had a three-game trek to Colorado, Dallas and Nashville, came home for one game against Columbus, and jetted off to Detroit, St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Columbus, Chicago and Colorado. Remarkably, they went 7-4 in those 11 games, including a five-game winning streak.
Six seasons prior, the 1999-2000 Oilers also had a stretch 10 road games separated by just one in the friendly confines of their home rink. The Oil played in Vancouver, Tampa Bay, Florida and Dallas, came home for one game against Chicago and headed east for games in Montreal, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Nashville, closing out the voyage in nearby Calgary. Edmonton did quite well in this wild 11-game span, posting a 6-3-2 record.
For 31 years, the longest road trip in franchise history was an eight-game venture during the 1981-82 season, which was finally topped by the team's current nine-game trip. The Oilers opened the journey on February 21 in Detroit, went to Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Washington, Montreal, Quebec City and Colorado before wrapping up in Los Angeles on March 10. The team was red-hot to start the trip, extending their winning streak to six games, but they posted a tie and three losses in their final four games, proving there's really no place like home.
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