Mar 10, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT
After getting dismantled by Nashville on Friday, the Edmonton Oilers face a tough challenge in the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. With that in mind, it makes sense that captain Shawn Horcoff decided to hold a players-only meeting before today’s game, according to the Edmonton Journal.
“We addressed a couple of issues,” said Horcoff. “We seem to be a little bit fragile right now.
“We came on this trip knowing it was going to be pivotal but we still have an opportunity here to salvage a decent trip and still give us a chance going forward. There’s still half a season left. It’s not over for us yet.
“There’s still belief here we can put a run together.”
Beating the Blackhawks (they’re currently up 3-0 early on) would give some reason to believe.
Unfortunately for Edmonton, the Oilers are in a familiar position at the moment: last overall in the West. They’ve lost five games in row.
In other words, there are plenty of reasons why that players-only meeting might work (or not).
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