Edmonton Oilers Positivity Thread

Alright, guys, I’m not going to lie to you, the Edmonton Oilers have looked like a hot pile of garbage the last few games and it’s not a good look. They’ve gone 2-7-1 in their last ten games (even though it’s felt more like 0-10) and we’re not having much production from anybody. Benoit Pouliot is pointless in 11 games, Connor is scoreless in 11 games, and Nuge only has 2 points in seven games. This is only the beginning of the Oilers problems, but thankfully I’m not here to discuss problems. I’m here to discuss positives. 

I might as well begin by saying that if you’re here to complain and cry then you’ve come to the wrong place! Twitter and the wrap-up comments have been an ugly place to visit recently. What started out as a pleasant place at the beginning of the season to express your joy and happiness about the Oilers, has turned into a burning pit of glass-filled quicksand that pulls you down and never let’s go until you’re a part of the fiery pit. 

So what’s going to happen is that I’m going to give you a few things on my mind that we can still be positive about, and in return, you’re going to leave me a comment with something else that’s going well in Oil Country. Make sense? Perfect! Let’s go.

Atta Be Darryl

After last year’s less than spectacular season, Darnell Nurse NEEDED to have a good year to prove himself. Admittedly he was playing too many minutes last year and was thrust into a role where he didn’t belong. But with the additions of Larsson, Russell, and pretty much every other defenceman that was injured last year, Nurse is finally playing in his comfort zone with the proper amount of TOI.

The big guy is on pace for 22 points this year, which is over double of his total from last season. Nurse is using his size well against the best forwards in the NHL, and his passing and defensive-zone puck handling has improved drastically. Atta be Darryl!

The Pacific’s Not That Good

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Even though 2-7-1 sucks, if we pretend that we just woke up from a coma and looked at the standings, we should be ecstatic right now! Second place in the division? Just hand us a playoff spot right now! 

But in all seriousness, we’re pretty damned lucky that the Pacific Division isn’t up to par with the other divisions. We can thank Anaheim for having ANOTHER slow start to the season, and LA for running into injury woes. 

The bottom line is that we’re almost 20 games into the season and still a game over .500 (not counting OT), and somehow we’re still second place in the division. Time to turn this train around, throw some coal in the fire, and start the uphill climb while praying everyone else does the opposite. 

California Knows How To Hockey

Another positive? How about the fact that we are out of that stupid, sexy, California. I hate that state anyways. It always takes our W’s away from us! The best part about it is that there are no more 8:30pm games until 2017. I usually cry myself to sleep after Oiler games, and I’ve accepted that. However, crying yourself to sleep at midnight compared to 10:30pm is the worst, and I wouldn’t wish that upon my worst enemy. 

We should be thanking our lucky stars that we are no longer in the same general area as Ryan Kesler too. It’s time to close our eyes, forget any of the games in California ever happened, and move on to Texas. I love Texas! The game tonight is at 5:00pm. What’s not to love about that?

Pit Licks For Pitlick

Tyler Pitlick has surprised us all this year. If the Oilers continue to lose, at least we can all continue to root for Tyler. He’s a man who’s been struggling with injury troubles for the last few years, preventing him from breaking through to the NHL level. But he’s finally done it. Tyler Pitlick has been playing his heart out every shift and it’s paying off. On the 15th game of his season, somehow Pitclick had scored his fifth goal. This earned him brief spots on pretty much every line on the team.

Just like Talbot, we may be able to credit Pitlick’s burst of production to newly found dad-strength, as him and his S.O. gave birth to his first child this past summer. Dad strength for everybody! 

Wow Ornaments!

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Check out this space-taker-upper behind Rogers Place! Though the Oilers may be on a five-game losing streak, thankfully we still have this to look at to cheer us up! In two, or five, or ten more years when we win a Stanley Cup, I promise you that I’m going to be hanging off this thing swinging my shirt around. 

What Say You

Alright, we made a deal. I gave you my positives, now I want to hear YOU say something nice about this season. Write me a comment!

  • Serious Gord

    I’m positive that the oil are going to struggle and be inconsistent – good to great some games and listless and bad other nights – for the rest of the season.

    I’m positive that the pacific is the crappiest division in the NHL – the suckiest group of sucks the whole season.

    Am I doing it right?

  • 3wideinturn4

    FIST of all, I thank heavens that we won the lottery and have the privilige of watching Connor MacDavid in an Oilers uniform. We will get better. GO OIL!!

  • Lofty

    If they stay healthy they should be near a playoff spot. There were many points made here and other places stating that the team needed to make hay in October because the schedule was very difficult in November.

    It’s awesome watching the west coast games in the east. It’s 1:00am and you get to watch the opposition pot the go ahead goal with five minutes to go.

  • Mitch92

    Looking at the parallels between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers I notice one MASSIVE difference in how the team (coaching staff and management) supports their young players regardless of their mistakes or transgressions. Babcock and Lou Lamouriello constantly pump their young guys up in the media and generally with positive results (Matthews notwithstanding but I am sure he will start scoring again in short order). In Edmonton the players do not seem on the surface to receive the same outward support and so it makes it easy for the well conditioned fan base to pour on the negativity at the first sight of a problem. Chiarelli and McLellan have some work to do in this regard if they expect to turn things around with their young up and coming team. They are turning the corner. We all just have to be reminded of this on a daily basis.

  • OnDaWagon

    I’m positive that the boys are gonna come out of this $h!thole….believing in themselves.

    Weather forecast for tonight: Cloudy in Dallas. The stars will not shine.

  • S cottV

    I really think there is a path to the playoffs.

    Stay ahead of Calgary, Vancouver. AZ, Colorado, Winnipeg and Dallas.

    Hmmm – In Dallas today and we already lost one to them.

    So – let’s go Oilers.

    When you really look at it, this is a big game.

    It’s progress – we have a chance.

    Not ready to overtake Anaheim, San Jose, LA when healthy – so going for a Wild Card is the play.

    You have to believe that Chicago, St Louis, Minnesota and Nashville will be in the playoff.

    That leaves one spot.

      • S cottV

        Yeah – with Quick, Gaborik and Kopitar out, it was an opportunity.

        When healthy – you have to believe that LA are going to grab one of the 3 Pacific spots.

        It’s a money team.

        The realistic goal is a wild card.

  • ponokanocker

    You can spin it any way you want. The fact is that after the Oilers hot start to the season, they have one of the worst, if not the worst record in the NHL. It’s feeling a lot like the last 10 years again.

  • bazmagoo

    I see a team that has been either one step ahead or one step behind all season, with a fair chunk of it’s forward roster struggling and a defence group that is very inexperienced. If the whole team can get going in a positive direction, we could make the playoffs. If we play as we have been, we probably just miss the postseason and set the franchise record for years outside. Either way it’s pointing in the right direction.

  • Oilfaninvan

    What’s worse – negativity or complete indifference? The inconsistency of this team is enough to drive even the most loyal fan absolutely bonkers. And don’t even get me started on 14 and 93. Until they prove otherwise, how do you not get the sense that both had already peaked years ago? It’s becoming easier and easier for me to stop watching so closely for my own sanity.

  • The Chad

    Shots on goal

    A LOT of guys are ice cold right now and will surely snap out of it. When they do everything will be just fine. All teams have slumps like this where everyone is cold. Ours is now and we will snap out of it and be good to go the rest of the year.

  • Randaman

    I would really like to know what it will take before people stop defending 14 & 93 for their inability to lead or drive a line. Nuge has had plenty of time and support/love.

    Time to sh!t or get off the pot.

    I’m positive this will get a negative reaction

  • Oilerchild77

    What the Oilers have shown so far is that they really are a better team, but still not a good team. Remember, they started from the bottom and had a long way to go just to get to where they could begin to compete against NHL teams.

  • slats-west

    19 PTS
    64 Games remaining
    Playoffs need 90-96 PTS so let’s pick 93
    Differential – 74 PTS

    1. We are 20% there
    2. We only need to 34-26-6. Doable not really a lot of pressure with that.
    3 we have MCD on active roster not in IR!

    There easy.

  • We get to see what McDavid and Pool Party can cook up tonight! Fun!

    We don’t have to watch Pouliot take a stupid penalty for a game.

    We get to see if Russel back in the line up was the problem (jokes), and Hendy pump up the hustle.

    I’m looking forward to watching this game, instead of hiding behind the couch waiting for the scary part to be over.