|9-8-1, 19 points, 1.055 p/g||Ranks||7-6-5, 19 points, 1 p/g|
|Pacific Division - 2nd||Central Division - 5th|
Edmonton's 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings puts them in free-fall mode. They've amassed zero wins in their last five games, ceding the Pacific Division lead to the Anaheim Ducks. They're one loss away from a Bettman .500, which would completely erase their improbable 7-2 start. The team is struggling to score more than one or two goals a game (they haven't scored more than two goals in their five game losing streak), and the knives are starting to come out in Oil Country.
The Oilers are in Dallas to take on the Stars. Edmonton looks to get a familiar face back into the lineup today, while at least a couple of lines look to get mixed up in an effort to spur some offence. Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"If someone told me at the beginning of the year that we'd be sitting in second place in the Pacific two months into the year, I would have taken that any day. It's not the end of the world. We're going through a rough patch. Every team does it. We'll find a way out of it, just like everyone else does. I think we're still sitting in a good position."Source
That's Oilers captain Connor McDavid on weathering the storm.
The Oilers have struggled mightily to hit the scoresheet as of late, averaging just 1.8 goals during their five game losing streak. During that time, they're allowed an average of 3.6 goals. Quick maths suggest that both of these numbers could use some fine-tuning.
The opponents are saying
"I feel I am in great shape and ready to get back in there whenever the coach wants." Source
#oilers after 18 games— Jeff Chapman (@NewWaveOil) November 18, 2016
2016-17 :48 goals for, 48 against, 9-8-1
2015-16 47 goals for, 58 against, 6-12-0