October 23 2015 05:27PM
The Oilers are in an eerily similar position as last year as they try for their fourth consecutive victory. The Oilers lost their first five games (0-4-1) last season, before winning four straight to inject some hope within the team and fanbase. It was short-lived success and the Oilers proceeded to win only three of their next 27 games.
Edmonton is a better team today than a year ago, and no one should expect them to only have seven wins by December 27th. Even though it was only a year ago, you almost forget how bad they were until you look at the game scores and realize they won three of 27 games. No wonder Wanye stopped writing. He was emotionally broken.
The Oilers aren't completely fixed yet, but their on-ice improvement has been significant.
October 22 2015 06:01PM
Todd McLellan doesn't waste time if he doesn't like the look of a line.
He wants a strong, physical winger to play on the RW alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall, at least until Jordan Eberle returns, and after trying Andrew Miller, who is a small, skilled winger, for 30 minutes last night, he went back to Rob Klinkhammer.
Klinkhammer is not the answer, but maybe Iiro Pakarinen is, so the Oilers recalled him today and sent Andrew Miller back to Bakersfield.
October 22 2015 03:00PM
A three game win streak has the Oilers one game under .500 and close to a playoff spot. The team is feeling much better than they did last Thursday after losing their fourth straight game to start the season. Winning cures most things, and it also alters many perceptions.
October 21 2015 01:08PM
The Oilers won a measly nine of 50 games versus the Western conference last year. It was ugly, and some habits are hard to break. Despite moving to the Eastern conference after the 2013 season, the Oilers' struggles against the Detroit Red Wings continued. The Oilers have only won once in their last 15 meetings versus the Red Wings dating back to March 30th, 2010.
Since drafting Taylor Hall, the Oilers' lone victory over the Wings occurred at Rexall Place, on February 4th, 2012. Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle each had a pair of goals and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the shootout winner in a 5-4 victory.
Tonight's tilt is one of the rare times in the past 20 years you can look at the Oilers and say they have a realistic chance to defeat the Red Wings.
October 20 2015 02:02PM
The Oilers were back on the ice today, after a day off, and in much better spirits due to consecutive road wins in Calgary and Vancouver. The crazy part about the weekend was the Oilers won two road games against the Pacific division.
They only won one road game against a division rival last season, which illustrates how non-competitive they were within their division. Defeating divisional rivals is a must if the Oilers want to compete for a playoff spot and last weekend's success had Oilersnation excited once again.
Now the Oilers need to keep winning.