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Inside the Nation: The loss happened, now what?

Happy Thanksgiving, Nation! Dustin Nielson is back with a holiday Monday edition of Inside the Nation to take a look at all things Edmonton Oilers, and to try and make sense of what the hell is going on here. Needless to say, after Saturday’s performance, the Oiler are creating more questions than they’re answering.

With the season opener ending in a 5-2 loss, it’s fair to wonder what is going on with the Edmonton Oilers. Fortunately, Dustin Nielson is here with the answers. To start, Dusty looked at what’s going on with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and whether or not he’s just having a maintenance day or if he’s actually more injured than the team is letting on? From there he gets on to the disaster in Sweden and tries to make sense of where things went wrong, and whether or not things can improve from there. Can Cam Talbot get back on track? Can the Oilers be competitive with the lack of experience on the blue line? Is Milan Lucic back on his game? Find out the answers to these questions and more on a Thanksgiving Monday edition of Inside the Nation.

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  • TruthHurts98

    Watching other NHL teams play so far this season, the Oilers aren’t really that close to making the playoffs with the current coach and GM who really has left some pretty gaping holes to fill. If injuries beyond Sekera happen there isn’t much depth especially on D. Just don’t see how this backend is good enough to be playoff caliber. Hope I’m wrong but I’m already looking at prospects from the 2019 draft. Gonna be a good draft year. DOD 2.0 is here, year 2. Connor can’t keep doing it all without help. When he’s not on the ice this team is painful to watch. Keeping expectations super low so if they somehow surprise and actually show up with effort for games I’ll be elated.

  • CMG30

    Typically we have to put aside ‘the one bad game’ because every team has them. We can’t do that with this team because their major problem has been inconsistency in both execution and effort on the ice. This team will go nowhere till the players figure out whatever it takes to show up to your job and put in an honest effort every shift of every day. You don’t get to have bad games till you’ve established a track record where the ‘bad’ game stands out from your usual play…

    • Oil Can

      That is exactly the problem. And has been for years. The majority of the team just coasts through the game. Other than in the playoffs in 2017, there has never been any kind of real desire or desperation with this team. The constant quick goals by the other teams, are because the come out of the dressing room, ready to play. The oilers never do. T. Mac should have been replaced after last season, but now we might have to go through another year of bad, uninspired play and poor coaching

      • Dallas Eakins Hair

        I have to agree with you on the Oiland their not ready to play. We are seeing a repeat already of where the team doesnt show up until the last half of the third period. This was a huge problem last year and one would think after being out of the playoff race before half the season was over after being in the playoffs the year before there would be more motivation to make sure there isnt a repeat of that.

        Now could it be the travel to europe and the two games may have been an issue perhaps, but Getting off to a bad start when the Oil are on the road for a spat of games isnt going to afford the Oil to go on a losing streak. The fact that the Oil played poorly against NJ is obviously going to make fans have an uh-oh moment, but the coaches and players need to start to get a handle on the showing up for the full 60 minutes, because last year that was part of the Oil’s problem was the not showing up for games for the first 50 minutes.

        Lets hope we will se better things in Boston, because the Oil dont want to start pissing away games

  • Abagofpucks

    I knew that cheap shot nuge took in the game against the german team was gonna be a problem. Just another reason not to play exhibition games before the season starts it’s a big pi$$ off.

  • OnDaWagon

    Some are saying they lack experience on D. Russel has over 700 GP. Larson over 400. Klefbom over 250. Nurse just shy of 200. Benning over 130. Garrison over 500. IF that’s not enough experience to know how to do the job, YOU LIKELY DON’T DESERVE THE JOB.

    So give up on the experience excuse.

    Any GM who cannot fetch a NUMBER ONE d-man for TAYLOR HALL, in a 1 for 1 trade, is a complete idiot. There;s no way, NO WAY, that not one GM would not have been willing to give up a #1 D-man for Taylor Hall.

    When it comes to bottom tier players, people here say you(Peter C) are good. You want to know something? Almost every real hockey fan can pick bottom tier players, simply because there are 100’s of them available.

    This train is STILL running without brakes. Unreal.

    Making the playoffs will depend on how well FIRST SHOT TALBOT performs.

    And how come this group is NEVER READY TO WORK when the puck drops? Todd, that’s on you. And you still making decisions behind the bench, that’s on Peter. And all the same people making the same decisions YEAR after YEAR….that’s on the people buying the overpriced tickets, food, drinks, merchandise, parking, programs that the KATZ MOB is selling you. Believe me people, this is a money machine, and the buyers are the printers.

    • Serious Gord

      It is generally thought that a defenceman doesn’t become fully formed in the nhl until they have played 300 games.

      Only Russell and Larsson have more than that and have also played more than even one regular season game with the oil.

      Garrison played just 8 games last year for the knights.

      That means that the remaining four dmen will have barely more 580 games between them – on average only 150 games two seasons worth of experience shy of the 300 mark.

      The oils defense IS very inexperienced and unproven and is missing one of its anchors – sekera who won’t return until after Xmas at the earliest and it is doubtful that he will ever regain his peak past form.

      And Larsson had not quite reached 300 games when he was acquired for Hall – thus was a barely proven entity at the time and who for all of last season and half of this one will he missing a true proven and healthy first line linemate to reach his maximum effectiveness.

    • Rufio Barcoli

      Let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute.
      There is no way that any GM would have given their #1Dman for Hall at the time of, and before, the Larsson trade occurred.
      If you strongly believe that there is a scenario/s, please show me a few example.
      Show me a GM and his #1Dman that would have came across on the trade.

  • Quoteright

    Sometimes I think our defence gets all the blame when they are not being supported by the forwards and back pressure.
    It’s the lack of intensity that seems to be the problem, not the individual players, not all the coaches we have been through.
    This team has always lacked heart, Hall would never have won the heart until he was traded and learned the proper intensity.

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      There were failures all over the ice from the top line down, no one should escape some criticism after that one and the coaching staff shouldnt either, they saw what we all did and whether they decided to see if the team could right itself or they just watched and evaluated isnt going to make Oilers fans any happier that the lack of effort that went into the 1 st game of the season where those points start to matter. TM and Chia are on a short leash with the fans and bringing in two different coaches was supposed to get the Oilers out of the bad habits they got it last year, but after that loss its really going to make people wonder if a sense of deja-vu is in the air

  • Derian Hatcher

    I took in 2 minor midget games over the weekend. I didn’t see a weak stride or lazy shift in either game. It was a pleasure to watch these boys compete – every player, every shift. I really enjoyed the experience. As a bonus, I wasn’t ticked off after the games like I usually am after watching the Oilers Just sayin’

  • GK1980

    Lots of anger here and it could be justified. I watched that first game live and the oil just could not keep up to the devils intensity and Hall was a beast. The oilers were very slow at executing plays, except for McDavid of course.

    Everyone needs to relax though and let’s just see how these next few months play out. Todd will be gone by November if the oilers continue to struggle. At that point you can panic.

    • Hemmercules

      If they are firing Todd in november the season is already over and everyone can relax and let it pay out into a high draft pick. Panic has already begun after a single game in oilcountry.

  • Kneedroptalbot

    The Young Anaheim Ducks won again tonight. 3-0 and 1st place in the Pacific. Rock solid defence core of Lindholm, Mason, Fowler, and Montour and Gibson backstopping the kids. (Perry, Kes, amd Getz were not dressed).

  • Hemmercules

    I love that people are taking draft after one game. I guess I half expected it but not after one game hahaha. Let them play 10 games and see where they are at. Obviously their defence isn’t as good as it need to be let’s see how they respond over the next few games.