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Morning Line- Terry Jones

The most important thing with the games that remain when the Oilers return (and return again after the All-Star Break) will be for everybody to go forward convinced this still can become the Stanley Cup contender they were supposed to be this season.

-Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun where you can read more on the Edmonton Oilers at their break.

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A Vote Of Confidence For Todd McLellan

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

If any organization should have it figured out by now, it is the Edmonton Oilers. Firing the coach at the first sign of disappointment is not a long-term solution, and general manager Peter Chiarelli said as much Sunday evening.

“I have no intentions of firing Todd (McLellan). I want to work with the coach, and I think he’s a very good coach,” Chiarelli said over the phone from Nashville. “As far as Todd goes, and (his staff), I am not considering firing them. At this point we’re going to solve it together.”

The Oilers season has been an abject disappointment, but it is the team’s ongoing search for rock bottom that is most disconcerting. The Oilers pulled their record up to .500 just before Christmas, but have lost six of seven games since, outscored 28-10 in those games.

Right now they’re barely competitive, outscored 20-4 in their past five games.

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Evening Line- Robert Tychkowski On The Edmonton Oilers

It wasn’t that the Oilers were hopelessly outplayed in the opening period, they actually outshot Dallas 14-10, it’s just they were completely overwhelmed whenever the Stars’ big line was on the ice. Edmonton’s defence pairings looked like deer in headlights, giving up a two-on-one and a pair of easy back door tap-ins to dig a hole they couldn’t climb out of.

The same can likely be said for their season, although nobody in the Edmonton room is willing to admit that with 40 games to go.

-Robert Tychkowski at the Edmonton Sun on Edmonton's 5-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.  Tychkowski has more on the game.

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Another Loss For The Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Slaughtered 5-0 by the Winnipeg Jets, then bludgeoned to the same 5-0 tune by the Los Angeles Kings – in consecutive home games – the Edmonton Oilers season is swirling the bowl this morning....

Tuesday night a familiar flaw was first star at Rogers Place, as the Oilers’ historically horrid penalty killing unit allowed three goals in a five-minute major penalty, ensuring Edmonton’s fourth straight loss since the Christmas break.

With the score 1-0 for L.A. and just five seconds to play in the second period, Edmonton’s Pat Maroon was given a match penalty and ejected for a head shot on Kings defenceman Drew Doughty.

By the time Maroon left the box at 4:55 of the third period, the score was 4-0. Game over.

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Kings vs. Oilers Means Doughty vs. McDavid

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will go against Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the first time this season in a juicy sub-story to an important game for both teams. Doughty is having another Norris Trophy-worthy season, and McDavid is widely seen as the best, if not the most skilled, player in hockey.

“There’s a good chance I’ll be made foolish at least once,” Doughty said after the morning skate. “I enjoy it so much. When I have to play superstars like him on the other team, I get up for those games. That’s the most fun I have. I enjoy getting to know him off the ice a little bit, but when he’s on the ice, I’m going to do everything I can to play my best against him.”

Doughty remembers being embarrassed by the video game-like moves of McDavid before, and he’s keenly aware of not letting that happen again.

“I don’t forget those things, ever,” Doughty said. “I kind of owe him one. The only way I can really owe him is by hitting him, I think. It’s kind of hard to do that.”

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The Edmonton Oilers Need To Play As A Desperate Team

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Only three teams in the league have fewer points at home — Vancouver, Buffalo and Arizona. Yet, they’re a better road team than Washington, Boston, and Pittsburgh.

They finished December 7-5-1, their first winning month, but they lost their last three games and gave up 13 goals, after winning four in a row before that to get to .500 for the first time since Oct. 7, completely taking their foot off the gas.

When you look up desperation in your Webster’s dictionary, there will not be a team photo of the Oilers because they don’t play with it, nearly enough.

They’re seven points south of either third place in the Pacific or the second wild-card spot. And the season will be half over after games against Los Angeles on Tuesday and Anaheim Thursday.

Maybe the most sobering stat:

They’re 17 points behind the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who’ve gone 16-4 in their last 20 games since the Oilers kicked them in the head seven weeks ago at Rogers Place.

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The Edmonton Oilers Have No Answers

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal,

Thankfully, 2017 is over.

And one or two more games like that and so are the Edmonton Oilers.

With their season hanging by a thread and zero room left for error, against a Winnipeg Jets team without Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien, the Oilers put all of their hunger and determination on display Sunday night at Rogers Place.

It wasn’t much.

Their fast-fading playoff hopes suffered another serious blow, this time a 5-0 loss that had the home town crowd booing Edmonton off the ice.

With good reason. The Oilers were a lukewarm mess in losing their 16th straight New Year’s Eve game (0-12-4 dating back to 1985). After four-straight wins before the Christmas break, they’ve now lost three in a row since....

“How come in a game this important, at home, they couldn’t muster the determination to put up a fight?

“I can’t really answer that,” said McDavid. “We understand the position we are in and that every point matters is no secret to anyone in here. It was obviously not our best effort, but we’ll regroup with a couple of games coming up against divisional teams.”

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Despite Their Last 10 Games, The Edmonton Oilers Are Finding It Difficult To Climb The Standings

from Robert Tychkowski at the Edmonton Sun,

They were only six points out of a playoff spot in late November and since that time have been playing their best hockey of the season. It shows in the results — 4-1-1 in their last six, 6-3-1 in their last 10. They are definitely gaining momentum.

But when they woke up Saturday morning, there they were, six points out of a playoff spot.

Despite all of their efforts and all of their progress in the last few weeks they are no closer to a wildcard spot. That eighth spot is starting to feel like a mirage.

It’s disheartening that after all the hard work and all those wins the Oilers haven’t made up any ground, so they’re trying to focus instead on the long game.

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The Edmonton Oilers Drop Below .500 With A Loss To The Winnipeg Jets

from Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Sun,

Their heart was willing, also their legs, but their heads were in the clouds, the ones they couldn’t see because they took off in the dark at 6:30 am Wednesday to get here for a morning skate. After the morning skate, McLellan hoped his team would respond from the Christmas break with all the requisite body parts firing, but the “hockey sense” as he called it, was missing....

They’re under .500, again, at 17-18-2, seeing the Hawks Thursday and the Jets, again, New Year’s Eve. They’re 7-4 in December, but they badly needed this win to get the ball rolling.

“The work ethic and the commitment to wanting to work hard was there,” said McLellan, “but our hockey smarts didn’t exist. A lot of the time we were stepping up in the neutral zone and had poor support, our faceoff execution … we had one where we gave up a breakaway (Armia goal), a number of turnovers. They had their share of two-on-ones and three-on-twos, things that were certainly preventable.”

“They had a goal or two off lazy line changes too. Like I said, mentally we weren’t in it.We weren’t sharp early and it led to a lot of their momentum and their zone time,” said Letestu.

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The Edmonton Oilers Hit The .500 Mark

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

A .500 record in today’s loser point NHL and $1.90 will get you a cup of Tim Hortons. It won’t get you a playoff spot.

But for the Edmonton Oilers, who were 7-12-2 on Nov. 21, improving to 17-17-2 on Dec. 23 will buy you the belief that, despite the declarations of hundreds of so-called experts, they’ve dug themselves out of their huge hole.

And it buys them belief they can now come back from the Christmas break and salvage what was expected to be a special season when it all started back on Oct. 4.

The believing it and the doing it, of course, are two different things.

And the doing it still involves a major mountain to climb. If it takes 95 points to make the playoffs this season the Oilers, who are five games from hitting the halfway point of the season, would need to go 28-15-3.

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