October 27 2009 11:16PM
Colorado Avalanche: 3
Edmonton Oilers: 0
Not much to say about this one. It was a lousy hockey game, and the score is a fair indication of both who carried the play and exactly how boring it was. There wasn't a player on the team who had a good game, save perhaps Khabibulin. We can chalk it up to the flu (everybody's sick, and Ladislav Smid has swine flu) or we can chalk it up to percentages normalizing (since I said the Oilers were bound to drop from their 15.2% rate they've fallen down to 12.3%) or we can chalk it up to outshooting the opposition a grand total of one time on the season, but this team doesn't look good right now.
The same things apply now that applied prior to this streak of three losses to division opponents: it's early, it's only a few games, and it isn't worth panicking about.
Also possibly of interest - while Dan Tencer suggests the powerplay is the problem, I thought it looked good tonight, even if it didn't score. But when the Oilers have gone three games without an even-strength goal, and two without a goal period, I think it's a bit much to blame special teams.