Is it panic time in Edmonton?
The Oilers have gained simply two of their final 11 video games and at the moment are clinging to a playoff spot within the Western Conference.
Frank Seravalli and Mike McKenna talked about how nervous the Oilers ought to be about this current skid and what they’ll do to get out of it.
Seravalli: “The Edmonton Oilers are in a downward spiral and there are many questions on the place that workforce stands in the meanwhile. You check out a few of the numbers they usually’ve been fairly ugly for a reasonably very long time. Going again to December 1, twenty eighth within the league in factors share, solely the very worst groups within the league are beneath the Oilers.
They’re holding down the second wild-card spot within the West, it is a workforce that bought off to a unbelievable begin at 9-1-0, the rumors and hypothesis round head coach Dave Tippett have been queued up, and now Mike Smith is on the shelf with an upper-body harm.
What’s your stage of concern with the Oilers on a 1-10 scale this season?”
McKenna: “I’d say a powerful seven proper now.
Everything that you simply’d have anticipated coming into the season is occurring proper now. They haven’t had depth scoring, they principally have 5 forwards which can be producing, and, past that, they’re non-existent up entrance.
Defensively, they’re not arduous on pucks they usually’re not getting goaltending. The goalie who’s completed the very best for them is Stuart Skinner and he’s down within the AHL proper now. Mike Smith is 39 years previous. When he’s wholesome, he’s good. But he’s not wholesome fairly often anymore. The final two video games weren’t good for him, he seemed fully out of sync, and Koskinen simply hasn’t been there.
I feel the boldness to that all through the workforce is ‘hey man, we’re not getting these saves anymore and we’re not scoring at 50 % on the power-play.’
All of that creates this vortex the place the Oilers at the moment are looking for themselves as a result of they aren’t scoring on the power-play, they’re not scoring at 5-on-5, however I feel all of it goes by Connor McDavid.
Maybe John Tortorella was extra proper than lots of people thought when he mentioned that McDavid must change the best way he performs. Not offensively, however man he’s bought to be tougher defensively, he’s bought to need the puck. He’s gotta have the ability to transfer his ft, shut gaps within the defensive zone. Because proper now, Edmonton isn’t defending the entrance of the online, they’re not attending to the entrance of the online on the different finish. They’re simply straight-up not enjoying arduous sufficient.
The individual you at all times look to is your captain. He’s going to have to hold this workforce, not simply on the offensive aspect of the puck, however the defensive as nicely.”
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