Saturday, December 10, 2011
The Edmonton Oilers were trying to close out what has been a disappointing home stand on a positive note. Coming off their worst effort of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Oilers managed to turn things around with an impressive 4-1 victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche. Sam Gagner continued his strong play of late, with a three point night and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins chipped in with two helpers, in leading Edmonton to their second win of the season against the Avalanche.
Friday, December 09, 2011
Thursday, December 08, 2011
With the Edmonton Oilers recent struggles, the teams penalty kill has started to take a bit of a nose dive. In the last seven games, they have given up nine goals and have a been running with at a success rate of 63%. Not surprisingly, Edmonton has gone 2-4-1 during that stretch and have watched their penalty kill fall all the way down to sixteenth in the league.With that being case, I do find it odd that the coaching staff has made no changes to the clubs current set up. The challenges they are faced with on the blueline, they can do nothing about, until management brings in reinforcements from outside the organization. That being said, there is nothing keeping them from changing things up, with the forward pairings they are currently using.
The Edmonton Oilers came into last night's game, on the heels of one of the clubs most disappointing losses of the season. One would think, having the struggling Carolina Hurricanes as their next opponents would have been a good thing...think again. After three days off, the Oilers proceeded to come out and play their worst game of the season. The Eastern Conference cellar dwellers, came into Edmonton's barn and thoroughly dominated. From start to finish, the Canes were the better team and were rewarded with a well earned 5-3 victory, against a beleaguered Oilers team.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Monday, December 05, 2011
Edmonton sits with a 4-8-1 mark in their last thirteen games and certain deficiencies have become very apparent in their game. In their four victories, the team has scored a minimum of five goals a game but they have averaged 4.50 goals against in the eight regulation time losses. The Oilers seemed like they could do no wrong, early in the season, and it was almost impossible for the opposition to find a way to score on the Oilers netminders. Clearly, that is no longer the case and the lack of quality NHL defencemen, is starting to rear its ugly head. Edmonton has shown the ability to put the puck in the net, with regularity, but this team badly needs an upgrade on the back end. The time has come for Steve Tambellini to go out and acquire the defenceman that this team desperately needs. That is, if they still want to compete for a playoff spot.