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.
October 12 2014 10:52AM
The unpredictability of sports is what makes them so exciting. The Oilers dominated the Flames for close to 40 minutes on opening night, but the couldn't score at EV and ended up losing the game. Last night, the Oilers played decent, got outshot 43-29, mainly due to six consecutive penalties, but they came away with a point.
I think we'd all agree, including the Oilers, that playing well, and "learning a lesson", but losing is not what this team needs. They are past the point of moral victories that don't result in two points. They need victories. Ugly ones, pretty ones, unearned ones or deserved ones; they need simply need wins.
October 10 2014 12:50PM
I grew up listening to John Short from 9 p.m. to midnight. He was a wealth of knowledge, so I always learned something, but he also had the pleasure of hosting the post-game shows when the fan's emotions were very intense. I then had the luxury of hosting the post game show for five years from May 2003 to August of 2008.
It was glorious. I loved the passion that fans had right after the game. Usually fans were the most vocal after losses, except for the Cup run of 2006. That was the only time I can remember fans calling in after a loss or win and still being upbeat. I was supposed to be off air at midnight but during that Cup run and then again during some bad losses I'd stay on the air until 2 a.m. chatting with Oilers fans.
I don't miss the hours, but I miss the raw emotion after a game. Some nights I felt more like
Dr. Phil Dr. Jay than a sports host, talking to fans who were almost too distraught to carry on supporting their favourite team. It was great.
Last night, and even this morning, the frustration amongst some Oilers fans seems to have reached a new level.
October 09 2014 07:12PM
This is a game the Oilers must win. The Flames played last night. They are starting their backup goalie. The 1984 Stanley Cup winning team is in the building.
If the Oilers want to turn the corner these are games they MUST win. It is that simple.