Oilers' trip back to Raleigh delayed by airplane woes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Oilers, already smarting from a home-ice loss on Monday night, had their travel plans go awry en route to Raleigh on Tuesday morning.
A faulty battery in the team's charter jet forced a 10 a.m. departure to be delayed until 12:45 p.m. Edmonton time. With a two-hour time change and a five-hour flight, the Oilers didn't arrive at their hotel until after 7 p.m. ET.
"It was not really much of a day," said center Shawn Horcoff. "Most of the guys knew about it in the morning and were able to stay home and spend a little bit more time with the family."
Forward Sergei Samsonov said the delay may have actually had a hidden benefit.
"It's kind of a blur actually just because we spent the whole day on the airplane. Probably a good thing, just staying together staying close as a group, just kind of going through a day. It's actually a pretty short day," Samsonov said.
Netminder Jussi Markkanen was en route to the airport when he heard about the delay.
"I left home, but I got the call, so I got back home and got the good breakfast and a couple of hours later [went] back to the airport," Markkanen said. "It happens. We get used to these kinds of things. In the West, we travel a lot anyways."
It was unknown whether the Edmonton Oilers' power play was the power source.
Scott Burnside is an NHL writer for ESPN.com.