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Stomped once more. May issues get any worse for the Edmonton Oilers?

Anybody who was anticipating an Edmonton Oilers upset hasn’t been watching

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It was a 2-7-1 workforce towards an 8-2-1 workforce, what did you suppose was going to occur?

Anybody who was anticipating an Edmonton Oilers upset hasn’t been watching. And those that did watch the most recent face plant Monday evening in Vancouver had a tough time comprehending what they noticed.

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In a loss that no one would imagine if Edmonton hadn’t been the workforce doing the dropping, the Oilers managed to show a 19-2 first-period shot benefit right into a 6-2 defeat.

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By recreation’s finish, Leon Draisaitl was sitting out a 10-minute misconduct, head coach Jay Woodcroft was ejected for yapping, Connor McDavid was was nursing a six-game scoring drought and the Oilers had sunk to yet one more low.

Pull the upset? If folks didn’t perceive it earlier than, they do now. It’s time to cease wanting on the Oilers based mostly on pre-season expectations and what the highest finish of their roster appears like on paper. They’re what their file says they’re: the second worst workforce within the NHL.

There was some ferocity in Edmonton’s recreation for some time. They have been pushed onerous and competed with the second finest workforce within the Pacific Division for a very good half-hour, however they merely aren’t in Vancouver’s league. 

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Warren Foegele #37 of the Edmonton Oilers is checked by Tyler Myers #57 of the Vancouver Canucks through the second interval of their NHL recreation at Rogers Enviornment on November 6, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Picture by Derek Cain /Getty Pictures

The Canucks have outscored Edmonton 18-6 in three video games this 12 months whereas the Oilers have given up 4 or extra targets in seven of their 11 video games.

Oilers at the moment are 18 factors behind Vegas, 14 factors behind Vancouver and 11 factors behind Los Angeles.

On the intense aspect, the Oilers will tackle a workforce in their very own weight class once they tackle the 0-10-1 San Jose Sharks on Thursday.


The primary interval needed to be seen to be believed.

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It was by far the very best interval the Oilers performed all season. By a mile. The pictures have been 9-0 by three minutes, then 13-2. Then 16-2. Then 19-2. The Oilers have been completely operating Vancouver out of the rink. Wouldn’t allow them to contact the puck.

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Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl, entrance, is hauled down by Vancouver Canucks’ Dakota Joshua through the first interval of an NHL hockey recreation in Vancouver, on Monday, November 6, 2023. Picture by DARRYL DYCK Darryl Dyck /THE CANADIAN PRESS

So why was it 3-1 Vancouver on the first intermission?

As a result of that is what the Oilers have been doing since opening evening. Some web entrance issues right here, some dangerous goaltending there, some penalty killing troubles and the Canucks rating three targets in 3:22 (their third, fourth and seventh pictures on Stuart Skinner) and Edmonton was again its traditional gap.


Even after Edmonton obtained a free objective within the second interval to make it 3-2 when Dylan Holloway took out Vancouver goalie Thatcher Demko’s legs, the Oilers gave it proper again with one other present.

Evan Bouchard made one other dangerous pinch on the blue line to arrange the odd-man rush, then didn’t suppose to tie up a trailing Nils Hoglander, permitting him to revive the two-goal lead and take the wind out of Edmonton’s sails.

“Can he be higher on that play?” requested Woodcroft. “Yeah, he can. I’m not going to decorate that one up in any manner.”

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Bouchard has been making the identical expensive errors time and again and has but to see any penalties for it. He stays third on the workforce in even power minutes per recreation.


The unravelling peaked within the third interval with the rating 4-2 and the 14 minutes left within the recreation.

McDavid took himself off with roughing penalty, Draisaitl obtained a 10-minute misconduct within the ensuing scrum and Vancouver scored the back-breaker on the following energy play. Not lengthy after that, Woodcroft lit into the referee from the bench and obtained the heave.

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