Going from the sidelines to the frontline is nothing new for Domenic Pittis.
A week ago Pittis was a healthy scratch, tonight, against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, he'll probably patrol the left side of Edmonton's No.1 offensive unit with Mike Comrie and Anson Carter.
Prior to the promotion Pittis spent a frustrating 21 straight games in the press box. He was reinserted into the lineup four games ago to replace the injured Ryan Smyth.
"It was nice to play some games and get back into it," said Pittis. "I'm getting an opportunity to play with some really good players. I have to take advantage of it."
Pittis returned to active duty on the fourth line with enforcer Georges Laraque and Rem Murray. His solid play against Vancouver, St. Louis and Los Angeles caught the eye of coach Craig MacTavish and by the end of Edmonton's tilt with the Colorado Avalanche, Pittis was skating on the Oilers' top line.
"You can go from the fourth line to the first line in a hurry, if you're playing. We saw that with (Pittis)," MacTavish said. "I think he's played very well."
It isn't the first time MacTavish has fast-tracked the 27-year-old Calgary-native.
"Last year I went from not playing in 15 games, and he kind of threw me on the first line. This year, I've had four games to get my feet underneath me, get my timing back a little bit, " Pittis explained.
Pittis' primary responsibility will be to breathe some life into the Oilers' sluggish offence. Edmonton lost 4-2 to the Kings in their last home game and were 2-0 losers in Colorado on Saturday.
"(Pittis) is strong on the puck. He handles the puck very well and he shoots very well. He's got good offensive instincts,"said MacTavish, whose usually aggressive Oiler attackers only mustered 28 shots over the two outings.
Oilers winger Mike Grier advocates getting back to basics.
"There are times when it's not going to be tick-tack-toe," Grier explained.
"We have to be sure we're throwing the puck on the net, from the outside or whatever, and crashing the net."
The Ducks begin a three-game homestand after a disastrous road trip on which they lost five of six.
Anaheim's sole road success came on Sunday when they defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden.
The win also put the breaks on the Ducks' nine-game winless streak
"It gives us a lift," team captain Paul Kariya said. "Obviously, we haven't had the best road trip in world. We have to use this momentum when we get home."
Kariya and Co. are unbeaten in 15 of their 20 home games against Edmonton and 14-9-2 in their last 25 contests against the Oilers.