If Edmonton Oilers want a quick start to making the playoffs for only the second time since 2006, they’ll have to win some games on the road.The Oilers open at home with a pair of games — Oct. 2 against the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 2 and Oct. 5 against the Los Angeles Kings — but then spend nine of the next 13 away from Rogers Place, including a four-game trip to play the Islanders, Devils, Rangers and Blackhawks and a three-game trek to Detroit, Columbus and Pittsburgh.Interesting home dates:• Nov. 6, Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues• Dec. 14 Toronto Maple Leafs and Auston Matthews• Dec. 20 Montreal Canadiens• Dec. 21 Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby• Dec. 31 New York Rangers• Feb. 19. Stanley Cup finalist Boston BruinsIn a silly quirk, the Oilers don’t play their main rival Calgary until Dec. 27 here, the first of five games with the Flames (three in Calgary, two at Rogers Place).The Oilers play six of their last seven at home, finishing the season in Calgary April 4. They play 29 games against their Pacific Divisions rivals (Ducks, Coyotes, Flames, Kings, San Jose Sharks, Canucks and Golden Knights) and will play each divisional opponent four times, with the exception of the Flames, whom they will face five times.Edmonton also plays in nine back-to-back games this season and nine afternoon games, three at Rogers Place (Panthers Oct. 27, Stars Nov. 16 and Coyotes Jan. 18.)The Oilers will have a 10-day break with no games in mid-to-late January because of the mandated five-day break for all teams, plus the all-star game festivities. The time off starts Jan. 19 after the afternoon tilt here against Arizona and the next puck drop is a home game against Flames Jan. 29.
Oil Spills podcast: Oilers and the NHL trade market at the draftHockey Hall of Fame writer Jim Matheson and host Craig Ellingson talk about the trade market for Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland and what fans might see the Oilers do with their six picks in the NHL Draft, particularly their eighth-overall selection.