|14-10-4, 32 points, 1.192 p/g||Ranks||6-15-5, 17 points, .654 p/g|
|Western Conference - 9th||Western Conference - 14th|
Emotions are running high in Oil Country after the Oilers frittered away a 3-2 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night. The loss was Edmonton's eleventh consecutive loss (0-7-4), and the Oilers still are without a win against a Western Conference club this season. Should the Oilers lose tonight, they will have gone one calendar month without a victory of any sort. Then, they get to go back to San Jose on Tuesday to try it again.
MAKING A BAD THING WORSE
The Oilers held a fun little press conference on Friday starring Craig MacTavish. It lasted about a half hour, and I think it was to clarify where the Oilers were on the road to rebuild recovery. MacTavish looked exasperated (he should) and annoyed (we all are), but urged that the team was better than their record shows (I also believe this to be true, although not by much) and that the best plan of action was more or less to "stay the course".
I realize MacT's got to sugarcoat a crap sandwich here, but preaching patience is SO 2011, you guys.
The Oilers are saying
"I know our fans are uncomfortable with the timeline as we are, we're behind the timeline...I'm not in the position to sell some of our assets for fifty cents on the dollar"
"We're not wining ideally, being down one or two goals isn't always fun, but we've been battling back and winning so it's good to see"
- The Sharks are on a four game winning streak! The Oilers are on an eleven game losing streak! Who's gonna win? Who's it gonna be? Do you know? Do you? Do you? Huh? Do you?
- "They're big and heavy". - Luke Gazdic on San Jose. So's an elephant, but hey.
- Alex Stalock (2-2-1, .925SV%/1 SO) looks to get the start in goal for the Sharks. He's been missing in action for about a month with a knee injury. I've got Ben Scrivens in for Edmonton. Your mileage may vary.
The Oilers did good yesterday and picked up Kyle Chipchura who was floating on the waiver wire from Arizona. This is a good pickup, as Leon Draisaitl has struggled mightily after being thrust into the Oilers lineup. Chipchura brings immediate help to a position that the Oilers have very little depth atNone of that happened. These are the Oilers we're talking about.
- The Oilers are winless against the West (0-12-4). Tonight, that all changes. (drinks)
No Nikitin, Hendricks, or Gordon at today's practice.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) December 6, 2014
We're gonna have some fun tonight.