The Edmonton Oilers are in a weird spot. They’re at the bottom of the standings in a year where many assumed they’d not only be good but Stanley Cup contenders.
The Oilers entered the second half of the season with playoff hopes dashed and fans enraged. Offseason bets haven’t worked out, and the long-term effects of downgrading in skill each summer are showing.
The Oilers play their final game against Dallas this season Saturday afternoon. Edmonton won 5-4 the first time, but lost 6-3 in their second meeting, a game where the Oilers gave up four consecutive goals to lose a 3-2 lead.
Both Craig Custance and Arizona Sports’ Craig Morgan have reported that Anthony Duclair has asked for a trade. Morgan says it’s unlikely Duclair will be with team in March as a rocky tenure in Arizona has both sides wanting a fresh start.
The Edmonton Oilers played the Anaheim Ducks for the first time since losing to them in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last season. After being tied 1-1, the Oilers had two power plays in overtime but had to settle for winning in the shootout.
The Oilers announced they’ve acquired goaltender Al Montoya for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2018 in a tweet tonight.
The Oilers penalty kill is awful. NHL.com has stats back to 1978, the Oilers’ penalty kill ranks 1023rd out of 1029 teams at 70.8%. It’s dead last in the league this year, and only the New York Islanders are close at 74.6%.
The Oilers need wins within their division if they want a fighting chance at the playoffs. Well. They were shutout again. Patrick Maroon’s late penalty against Drew Doughty put the Kings on a five-minute power play to start the third period.
According to the team’s official Twitter account, the Edmonton Oilers have signed Western Hockey League free-agent Cameron Hebig to an entry-level contract.
The Edmonton Oilers winning streak ends at four. The Oilers came back from the holiday break and couldn’t beat the Jets, despite scoring three goals, one of which was shorthanded. The Jets are one of the better teams in the West. The Oilers can take solace in that, as well as the late push to…
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