Edmonton Oilers Have Five Long Days To Think About Things

November 30th, 2009 by Jim Parsons Leave a reply »
While the shot counter was deceivingly close, the Oilers were bombed in a 7-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on the first of a long road trip. This loss puts the Oilers at an embarrassing third from last in the Western Conference, above only Anaheim and Minnesota, both of whom have three games in hand on Edmonton.

This has not been the best of times, as the Oilers are now 4-11-3 in their last 18 games. Add to that, in those last 18 games, the Oilers have lost the services of Ales Hemsky, Nikolai Khabibulin, Fernando Pisani, Mike Comrie, Denis Grebeshkov, and others who are important pieces to most Oiler victories.

So what can Edmonton do? Well, they can take five full days before they head into Detroit (a team they were able to get two points against), to take stock of what this team is actually made of.

This is a time for the players to reflect and look at just how much each individual will have to pick up the slack left by their missing ingredients, and also a time for management and coaches to really have a good talk about what this team isn't.

The Oilers, even without key injuries, are not a complete team. They lack major p ...

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