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The Edmonton Oilers Drop A Game To The St. Louis Blues

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Lights out now, we can put that playoff storyline to bed.

It’s never good reading when you’re down 4-zip after 31 minutes, you’re being pummelled 25-6 on the shot-clock, and you can easily fit the shooters into 140 characters in one tweet — Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Zack Kassian, Kyle Brodziak, Ty Rattie and Joe Gambardella — but that’s the Edmonton Oilers lot in life when Ken Hitchcock says; “The team’s running on fumes.”

What the Edmonton Oilers coach really wanted to say was McDavid and Draisaitl are dead-tired from doing the heavy lifting and if they’re not doing it on one night because possible Selke winner Ryan O’Reilly and his Blues linemates Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn have the puck more than they do, you lose 7-2.

They got two goals in the last 90 seconds of the second by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the hard-nosed Kassian, the best of the foot soldiers for weeks now, both going to video replay to show the pucks under the pads of Jordan Binnington, which made the third period interesting down just a couple. But, that was it.

“I applaud our effort to come back (4-2) but their tenacity to defend is so good and they’re so deep they have guys on their fourth line (Alex Steen) who would have been on their second a year ago,” said Hitchcock.

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Videos- What You May Have Missed Last Night

Milan Lucic receved a major for a cross-check and a game misconduct.  The Blues say Oskar Sundqvist should be fine.

 

 

Below, Mike Hoffman with a stick toss to prevent a Radulov empty net goal.

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Video- Zack Kassian And Patrick Maroon Go At It, Twice

A two fight night for the boys.

 

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Video- Brian Burke On The Edmonton Oilers And The Draft Lottery

via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke and David Amber discuss rebuilding the Edmonton Oilers with their current pieces, and how the current NHL Draft Lottery format leaves much to be desired.

 

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The Edmonton Oilers With Another Bad Loss At Home

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

So, that’s how it ends?

The Edmonton Oilers go 7-2-2 in their previous 11 to keep themselves marginally in the race for the final playoff position in the Western Conference. And then they do that? At home?

Just as they appear to be coming up in the rearview mirror of the teams ahead of them, a gimme game finally comes along, and they gag on it? Gas it? Stink the joint out? Absolutely reek?

And they not only lose it, they lose it 6-3 to the New Jersey Devils, the NHL team with the worst road record in the league and with 12 players out of the lineup with injury, including eight regulars and six of their top-nine forwards.

Only one player in their line-up had more points than Leon Draisailt has goals (42) for the Oilers.

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Fixing The Edmonton Oilers

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Look, McDavid is the fastest player in the NHL, and somehow the Oilers are one of the league’s slowest, least mobile teams. They are swimming against the current of what wins in today’s NHL. That has to change immediately.

So McDavid, obviously, and Leon Draisaitl can stay. Darnell Nurse hasn’t played 300 NHL games yet and it’s always a mistake to make a decision on a talented young defenceman until at least that point in his career.

Otherwise, the rest of this team can be exchanged for an entirely different type of team, probably smaller and definitely faster. They’ll need a coach — perhaps Sheldon Keefe — who thinks that way too, and they’ll need to clear up their payroll situation. Milan Lucic, with four years left on his deal at $6 million per season, would be a perfect fit in Ottawa next season to help get the low-budget Senators to the salary-cap floor. Gretzky should have been on the phone to Pierre Dorion yesterday asking what it would take to make that happen.

This isn’t a total tear down because the Oilers have McDavid and Draisaitl, but it’s close. There’s a cinder-block foundation, and that’s it. The executive who comes in telling Nicholson those cold, hard facts is the person who should get the job, not the one who comes in talking playoffs in 2020.

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Edmonton And Buffalo Still Have Their Issues

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Edmonton Oilers are still a longshot to sneak into the Stanley Cup playoffs. But they're saving face with a 5-1-1 burst and three straight wins to finish a nine-day road trip....

McDavid has seemed frustrated at times this season. Who wouldn't be with what's gone on in Edmonton? Coach Todd McLellan was fired in November and GM Peter Chiarelli was gone in January. The Oilers are still five points shy of a playoff spot and if they can't make them up, it will be the third time in his four seasons he will miss the postseason.

"It's not tough mentally. You have to win games, find ways to put up points and hope and pray for a little help," McDavid said prior to Monday's 4-3 high-wire act over the Sabres in KeyBank Center. "Ultimately, all we can control is ourselves and that's what we've been trying to do."

One thing the Oilers need organizationally is stability. Sound familiar? The Sabres can use it, too, but they're teetering on the edge as the pressure mounts on coach Phil Housley, no matter how emphatic Jason Botterill's proclamation was a couple of weeks ago in Tampa....

The bad signs continue to flow for the Sabres. Dropped coverages. Untimely mistakes in goal, this time by Linus Ullmark. Another one leaking through and ever-so-slowly crossing the goal line, this time with 4.3 seconds left in the second period. It's happening to Ullmark or Carter Hutton virtually every game and it's soul crushing for their team.

That's seven times in 10 games Buffalo has given up four goals or more. All teams drop coverage and give up scoring chances at times. Even Tampa Bay. Once in a while you need a save from your goalie. Or three or four of them.

Since Dec. 1, the Sabres are 27th in the NHL in goals against at 3.41 per game. Their defensive coverage remains abhorrent but there's a reason goalies are there. They're supposed to cover up for mistakes and they're not doing it.

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The Edmonton Oilers And The NHL Draft

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers have been skating around with a fork in them for most of February and nothing has changed.

Which begs the question: Are you good with this?

The answer, with most Oilers fans, I suspect, is a resounding, ‘Yes!’

They’re not delusional. I doubt if you could find many folks outside their dressing room holding out any hope for post-season play. But I believe they’re all for the team believing and/or at least playing for each other until the mathematical certainty that they’re officially out of it.

And I suspect the Oilers winning the No. 1 pick for a fifth time, a happening that would be derided, disdained and disparaged by the rest of the hockey world, might even be too embarrassing for Edmonton.

But maybe winning, say, the third pick, and getting Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes … well, that might be OK.

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The Edmonton Oilers Had No Answer For The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal,

Nobody ever wants their pants pulled down, but there are times and places where the embarrassment of getting your backside tanned outweighs the pain.

Wednesday night in Toronto was that time and that place.

For an Edmonton Oilers team that has endured some devastating losses over the last few years, the humiliating 6-2 assault the Toronto Maple Leafs laid on them ranks as one of the all-time lows.

On the biggest stage in the league, with the Oilers feeling as good about themselves as they have in a long time on the strength of a 2-0-2 stretch, they took a savage beating that was uncomfortable to watch. It was like a lopsided boxing match that the referee won’t stop, even when it’s obvious to everyone else the damage is brutal and there is simply no hope for a comeback.

“It’s a lot of fun to play here in Toronto against these guys, it’s a great atmosphere,” said Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom. “But when they get momentum and start scoring on their chances and get so much energy from their fans, it’s not fun to be out there.”

Can’t imagine that it was. It was as glaring a mismatch of speed, skill and depth as the Oilers have experienced all season. In addition to the top end of Mitch Marner, John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Morgan Reilly, the Leafs threw a second wave of offence at Edmonton that the Oilers’s collection of AHL call-ups, foot soldiers and fourth-liners simply did not have an answer for.

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid

 

added 4:28pm, Below, video of McDavid talking with the media today.

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