November 27 2015 06:07PM
Cam Talbot has only started two of the Oilers past ten games, but he's back between the pipes tonight and looking to rediscover his game. Talbot hasn't looked comfortable in his last five starts, but his confidence took a big blow on Halloween when Michael Frolik scored from the corner with less than ten seconds remaining in the game. Since that frightful evening, Talbot's only played twice, and he lost both games, allowing four goals on 28 shots each night.
He, like the rest of the team, will try to get his season back on track tonight in Detroit.
November 25 2015 12:00PM
The standings don't show it. The results don't show it. But Todd McLellan believes the Oilers are improving. McLellan is talking about his team this year, not the one that missed the playoffs for the past nine seasons. He's lucky -- he hasn't had to endure the constant losing, and he isn't concerned with the squads who finished at, or near, the bottom of the standings the past six seasons. He is only focused on the group he coaches.
While I agree with him the team is showing significant signs of improvement in many aspects of their game, eventually the team needs to win hockey games.
November 23 2015 05:14PM
The Oilers begin their season-high five-game road trip in Washington tonight before stops in Carolina (Wednesday), Detroit (Friday), Pittsburgh (Saturday) and Toronto next Monday. The Oilers have played much better the past two weeks, and five games against the Eastern conference should result in at least five points for the Oilers.
In 2013/2014 the Oilers were 14-14-4 vs. the East. They were 15-14-3 last year and they are already 4-2 this year. The Oilers like playing Eastern teams and with two healthy scoring lines and better defensive zone coverage this should be a productive road trip.
November 19 2015 09:55AM
We've discussed the idea before, and I'm happy to see that NHL forwards are hiring their own skilled coaches. A few of them have one. Jordan Eberle works exclusively with Steve Serdachny every summer and has for many years, but Serdachny was the Oilers skills and skating coach as well, up until this fall.
Many players didn't want a skills coach because they worried it would conflict with what the head coach was saying, but in reality that isn't the case. A skill coach shouldn't focus on systems. He focuses on scoring, just like strength coaches help players get stronger and goalie coaches help goalies.
I believe NHL forwards should have a personal skills coach to help them improve and change their offensive game, and one of the most creative NHL forwards the league has seen has been hired by a few players.
Teddy Purcell hired former NHL player and former head coach, Adam Oates, this past summer to help him bounce back from what he said, "was my worst NHL season."
November 18 2015 07:59PM
The Oilers enter tonight's action sitting 30th place in the NHL. Very few expected them to be here again, but they are, and now the Oilers must find a way to dig out of last place instead of wallowing in self pity and staying here all year.
It is up to the players. They have to play better. They need to play smarter.They must cut down on the major mistakes. I believe they have improved some aspects of their game, but the still make crucial errors at the wrong time.
The need to clean up their game and the wins will come.