Are the Oilers much better than last season? Robin Brownlee will tell you they are, but like most things he is wrong. The Oilers looked sharp during a 5-game winning streak, but they beat up on a crappy Calgary team twice, just got by the Jackets, however played well (and got good luck) in two other contests. Had they lost three of those games, and if Calgary and Colorado weren't awful, we would be right smack in familiar territory.
But gushing over Nathan McKinnon or whomever aside, I want the Oilers to play rottenly down the stretch so that the argument whether the Oilers are better are not isn't ambiguous - I want the season to be recognized as a failure so that the whole approach to team architecture and management is changed.
I can forgive low draft picks for plugs, and trades of meh assets for goons. But I'm again disappointed by Toonces and co because it's obvious to everyone but them that until the team stops being outshot and outplayed on a nightly basis, that their approach is flawed and a radically new course needs to be charted.
So let's cheer progress where it is - great season Gags, Hall is undoubtedly the game-changing saviour we hoped he'd be, and Dubnyk is good enough to get us into the playoffs. But Whitney sucks balls, so does half our d-corps, and the team is devoid of players who are capable of frustrating the opposition.
So fuck - let's lose and win by having Tambellini lose his job.