When captain Shawn Horcoff was asked to sum up the Edmonton Oilers’ nine-game expedition that began on Feb. 25 in Chicago and ended March 12 in Denver, he was rather succinct.

“Long,” he responded without hesitation.

The Oilers netted eight out of a possible 18 points in the club’s longest road trip in franchise history, which was one win off the goal. The team also hit rock bottom after they were thumped 6-0 by the Nashville Predators, but did respond with a 6-5 win over the Blackhawks and a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

“It was tough. It was just having to continually go into a new rink, someone’s home rink, and it was one game after another.” goaltender Devan Dubnyk said. “It’s hard to win on the road. That was the toughest part about a road trip like this. Then when you don’t win, there’s just that more pressure with each game that comes along.”

The goal now, of course, is to sustain some momentum. The Oilers yet to win three straight games this season, and with 14 of their final 22 games on home ice, they have to start rolling up some victories at Rexall Place to make any kind of last-gasp playoff push.

They are 4-4-2 on home ice, 6-7-3 on the road, and sit three points back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“We have to start making a statement for ourselves in our building. We have to start winning games,” said defenceman Ladislav Smid. “Teams have to be scared to come to our building.