|13-8-1, 27 points, 1.228 p/g||Ranks||8-15-2, 18 points, .72 p/g|
|Eastern Conference - 8th||Western Conference - 14th|
Relax. Don't do it.
Everybody pull up your pants and have a seat.
The Oilers played another bad game on Monday night, and this one was against the Maple Leafs. Making his debut in net that night was Garret Sparks, who turned aside all 24 of Edmonton's shots en route to his first career shutout.
On Tuesday, everybody was freaking out, man. It really was a sight to behold. It's time to trade Jordan Eberle, it's time to trade Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, it's time to trade Taylor Hall. Step back.
IMO only untouchables are McDavid, Hall, Nurse and Draisaitl, everyone else can be moved. 93 and 14 among them if return is right.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) December 1, 2015
PC likes a strong, hard team, and this group is anything but. Only so much room for softer skill, so changes will be made.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) December 1, 2015
With respect to Ryan Rishaug, the term "soft skill" is a bad and wildly inappropriate. Stop saying this. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been playing the toughs every year after his rookie season. Exactly what is "soft" about 93's game? Remember a few years back when he was playing with a busted labrum and the Oilers weren't completely out of the playoff discussion during the lockout season? Yes, that was the year where they traded for Jerred Smithson. That one.
Everybody wants to win, and they want to win now. I'm about the farthest thing from a team apologist, but unless something once-in-a-lifetime opens up to be acquired on the blue line, you're going to make a three-for-one trade that doesn't address this team's biggest weakness, and that's on the blue. Gonna trade Jordan Eberle? OK! What comes back? Sprockets and loose receipt papers along with a fourth round pick won't make this club better today. It'll also hurt in a year, or two, or three, or five.
I realize that nearly anything is possible, but teams aren't usually in the market to trade top line defenceman after a quarter of the season has passed.
Stop drinking before noon.
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"When I look at this trip as a whole, we had some key, key people really underperform on this trip"
That's Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on finishing a five game road trip at 1-3-1.
The Oilers scored six goals in five road games.
The opponents are saying
"...I don't think right now we have an edge, but we should take advantage of the fact that we got here early and should feel a little bit more comfortable with the time change and everything else."
Hall-Draisaitl-Eberle Pakarinen-RNH-Purcell Hendricks-Korpikoski-Klinkhammer Gazdic-Lander-Khaira Pouliot and Letestu not on the ice.— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) December 2, 2015
- YEAH, WE'RE GONNA NEED YOU TO COME IN ON SATURDAY - So much going on here. No Pouliot, no Letestu, look at that third line. Look at that fourth line. Don't look at all. Do not look.
- Oilers PK game will need to be on point, as the Bruins' power play is first in the league at 32.4%.
- Anders Nilsson (5-7-1, .911 SV% / 2.70 GAA) starting once again for the Oilers.. Boston is in Edmonton tonight, Calgary on Friday and Vancouver on Saturday. I see them at Rask-Gustavsson-Rask over the next three. Tuukka Rask (8-7-1, .899 SV% / 2.94 GAA) hasn't been tearing it up in net, but the Bruins have been scoring a fair bit over the last five (3.4 goals).
- Connor McDavid (clavicle), Nail Yakupov (ankle) and Benoit Pouliot (lower body) are out. Mark Letestu is questionable. Boston is without defenceman Kevan Miller (concussion) plus forwards David Pastrnak (foot) and Chris Kelly (leg)