October 20 2014 12:05PM
Steven Stamkos hasn't played at Rexall Place since December 10th, 2010, a span of almost four seasons, however, he has had personal success both times he laced them up in Edmonton. He scored in a goal in both games, but the Lightning lost both times.
Oilers fans are hoping history repeats itself tonight. Let the best sniper in the game score on a wicked one-timer, but also allow the Oilers to pick up their first W of the season.
What will be more difficult for the Oilers: stopping Stamkos from scoring -- he has five goals in five games this year -- or skating away with their first victory?
October 17 2014 12:37PM
I have no idea what this is all about, but the Oilers need to play with some intensity.
The Oilers need to play hard, play smart and most importantly cut down on the catastrophic mistakes that have led directly to goals.
October 16 2014 08:40PM
The Oilers simply need to play smarter. They played decent for long stretches against the Flames, Canucks and Coyotes, but when they made a mistake it usually was a major gaff that resulted in a goal against.
Right now, the Oilers issues are more about a lack of focus and concentration than the system.
October 15 2014 08:02PM
When you give up 15 goals in the first three games of the season, for the second year in a row, it is extremely valid to question if the defensive system Dallas Eakins and Craig Ramsay have put in place, and players Craig MacTavish provided them with are good enough.
I realize it is only three games, but even the Buffalo Sabres defensive game looks better. The players, coaches and management all need to be better of this season could be over before the snow flies.
October 14 2014 01:54PM
The Kings have won the Stanley Cup twice in the past three seasons. They have become one of the dominant franchises in the NHL, and last season the gap between the Oilers and the Kings was as large as the Grand Canyon.
The Kings outscored the Oilers 11-3 in four games, but they out shot them 186-86. The Kings fired 48, 40, 50 and 48 shots while the Oilers countered with 18, 24, 27 and 17. The Oilers did manage a SO loss point in the first meeting when Richard Bachman stood on his head, but every game clearly illustrated the chasm between the Oilers and a Cup contending team.
Tonight will be our first opportunity to see how much closer, if any, the 2014/2015 Oilers are to competing with the elite in the western conference.