The Edmonton Oilers itinerary looks like something out of The Amazing Race.

Monday: Game in Edmonton.

Tuesday: Practice and fly to Phoenix.

Wednesday: Game in Phoenix, fly to San Jose.

Thursday: Game in San Jose.

Friday: Fly to Denver, practice.

Saturday: Game in Denver, fly to Edmonton.

That's four games, four flights and two practices in a little less than six full days. No wonder Taylor Hall doesn't know whether it's Monday or Montreal.

"It's getting to that point in the season where I don't know what day of the week it is when I wake up, unless we're playing on HNIC," he said in a tweet Friday morning, before the Oilers boarded a plane to Denver for their seventh game in 12 days.

Three games in three days isn't allowed under the current CBA, but the NHL pushed the envelope on this trip, scheduling three games in three and a half days — Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon.

"This is the quickest turnover that we're going to have this season with the 1 pm start and the two back-to-backs," said head coach Ralph Krueger. "It's as compact as it gets."

And there's a certain energy that comes from a rapid-fire schedule that forces a team and its coach to live in the moment.

"The fun of this season is that it seems you wake up every morning with a completely new set of circumstances," said Krueger. "Everything is happening so quickly there's no time to breathe.

"But this is our life and I love it. I love the challenges. I get adrenaline when I wake up with difficulties. It's why you love to be a head coach. If you don't like these situations, you're in the wrong spot."

The OKC gang is used to this (three-in-three is common down there), and say the key to survival is resting the mind when you can't rest the body.

"What I had been doing in Oklahoma is that in your free time you don't think about hockey," said Teemu Hartikainen. "When it's game time, you play, but all the other time you don't think about it.

"I think you save a little energy when you're not thinking about it all the time."

How much will be in the tank for Saturday's high-altitude challenge? They usually find out when the puck drops.

"It depends," said Hartikainen. "Sometimes in the AHL the Friday and Saturday games were really heavy and by Sunday I felt like I couldn't play anymore. I was done after the first period.

"Other times, the Sunday was one of my best games. Sometimes you feel good and sometimes you don't."

Hall agrees resting the brain is as important as resting the legs.