Edmonton Oilers common supervisor Ken Holland is aware of all concerning the highs and lows of playoff hockey.
With the Detroit Crimson Wings, Holland received three Stanley Cups as GM and extra as assistant GM. He additionally skilled some crushing upsets, together with one by the hands of the Oilers in 2006.
“It’s a model new season. I believe we went 32-13-2 our final 47 video games,” mentioned Holland, referencing the Oilers run after beginning 3-6.
“We performed at a excessive degree. Now now we have to do it once more.”
That journey begins Wednesday when the Oilers host the Winnipeg Jets in Recreation 1 of their first-round sequence. Holland can’t predict precisely how the sequence will play out, however he is aware of each inch of actual property can be hotly contested.
“All of us watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s one other degree. It’s extra intense. It’s tougher. It’s bodily,” mentioned Holland on Monday’s version of Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer.
“I believe a part of is it dimension. I believe there must be a dimension of vary. However I believe additionally, it’s a mentality. You possibly can have gamers who play larger than their dimension.”
Holland believes the Oilers are up for the problem, and once more, he seems to be again on the workforce’s sluggish begin to the season. After the primary 9 video games, Holland favored what he noticed.
“I believed we began to essentially dig in and play constant hockey.
“We began to maintain the puck out of our web. You knew what to anticipate from our workforce,” mentioned Holland.
When it got here to protecting the puck out of the online, nobody was extra necessary that Mike Smith. The 39 yr previous exceeded all expectations by posting a report of 21-6-2.
“The factor about Mike was the consistency from begin to end, evening after evening after evening,” mentioned Holland. “He’s an enormous purpose why we completed in second place. He’s an enormous purpose why we’re excited for the playoffs. He’s been there earlier than.”
The Oilers and Jets sq. off in Recreation 1 Wednesday evening. It’ll be on 630 CHED with the Face-off Present at 5 p.m. The sport begins at 7 p.m.
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