|13-13-5, 31 points, 1 p/g||Ranks||7-20-6, 20 points, .606 p/g|
|Western Conference - 11th||Western Conference -14th|
Victories Continue To Elude Oilers In Spectacular Fashion
Todd Nelson's Edmonton Oilers Experience™ is still without a win after Thursday's 4-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Oiler goals were scored by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as well as Boyd Gordon and Steve Pinizzotto, but two third period goals in thirty-four seconds by Matt Tennyson and Barclay Goodrow put the Sharks on top for good. The Oilers have won seven games in thirty three contests. The fun continues this afternoon.
The lines are getting another shuffle for today's game. Let's have a look.
The Oilers are saying
"One thing is special teams, they're always very important and we have to improve on that"
That's Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson on Edmonton's special teams.
No doubt Edmonton's power play unit is in need of some serious window dressing. As of today, Edmonton's power play sits at 28th in the league at 12.5%, leading only Nashville and Buffalo. The Oilers have an issue scoring goals in general, scoring just 69 goals in 33 games (a whisker over 2 goals per game). Edmonton's penalty kill (79.8%) is good for twentieth in the league. It's been a lot of fun so far this year to be a fan of the Edmonton Oilers. I can't imagine how much fun it's been to play on the team.
The Opponent is saying
"I felt good, and the guys played very well in front of me"
- LINE SWITCH - Boyd Gordon is on line two. Boyd Gordon is on line two. It's so nice, we're saying it twice.
- Leon Draisaitl will sit today in favour of Anton Lander. This is Anton Lander's first game in Edmonton this season. I'm not really opposed to Lander getting some action at this point of another failed season. No real issue with Draisaitl catching the press box for today's game, either. The fact that Draisaitl wasn't sent down before the tenth game still chafes me, and I'm not sure that he gets sent back before game 40 (which would save a year of his RFA status). Has his time on Edmonton made him a better player? I'll hang up and listen.
- Anton Lander is on a line with Nail Yakupov and Tyler Pitlick. Mark Arcobello is between Matt Hendricks and Steve Pinizzotto..
- Oilers have one win against the Western Conference so far this year, an incredibly awful 1-16-5. Eventually you gotta win one more, right?