|9-6-1, 19 points, 1.188 p/g||Ranks||7-6-3, 17 points, 1.065 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 1st||Pacific Division - 3rd|
The problem is goals. Don't make it anything that it isn't. Alright, I'll give you the "allowing a goal just 30-90 seconds into the game" thing, that's not good either. But, 95% of your problem? It's goals. It's not a lack of preparedness, it's not that Jordan Eberle only eats at Swiss Donair, it's not that Cam Talbot is screwing it all up. It's none of that. All of those players are who they are. Nothing's changed in that regard. All of this will work with some goals.
It's goals. Plain and simple. At the beginning of the season, everything was going in. Oilers hung seven goals on the Flames, and were averaging four goals a game through the first five. "Oilers have turned a corner!" you read. Well, yeah, they did. So long as they can pump four goals a game behind a floundering Brian Elliott every night, your corners have been turned.
Only problem? They're not playing the Flames every night. Matter of fact, they've actually got to play some teams that made the playoffs last year, and now that this is happening, some of those goals are drying up. Oilers have averaged just 2.4 goals in their last five games, and the old adage about being difficult to win tends to ring true when you're not scoring more than your opponent.
The Oilers are going to have to start to get some goals from players who aren't on the top line, or who aren't mistakenly called "Lance" by Drew Remenda. It's got to happen fast, because things are about to go way south in a hurry.
The Oilers are saying
"Things just needed to be changed...We weren't creating anything and defensively we were getting scored on a little bit. It's nothing you take to heart. You just move on and play better tomorrow."Source
That's Jordan Eberle on getting moved from the top line in favour of Tyler Pitlick during Saturday's game against the Rangers
I get that we all want Jordan Eberle to burst through a giant Oiler logo when Connor McDavid can't for whatever reason, but you're getting the same miles out of Jordan Eberle now that you did three years ago. So why's everyone pointing their ink pens toward Eberle? The only person ahead of Eberle on the scoresheet right now is 97. Relax.
The opponents are saying
"You have to take away his speed as much as you can...You need to know where he is on the ice. Simple as that. He's going to have opportunities. He's going to be good. It's just a matter of how close you check him." Source
@NewWaveOil Instructive to do 8-game splits:— Bruce McCurdy (@BruceMcCurdy) November 15, 2016
first 8 games: 29 GF / 17 GA
Next 8 games: 16 GF / 24 GA
Remind me again what is "the" problem?