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The Columbus Blue Jackets Suffered An Embarrassing Home Loss

from Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch,

Tortorella walked into his postgame news conference and up to the podium after the 7-2 loss to the Oilers, spoke roughly four sentences and walked out.

“There’s no sense in me even trying to answer questions about this game,” Tortorella said. “Sorry about that. Have a good night.”

“We just weren’t ready to go,” Foligno said. “They fed it to us. It was a disappointing game, sloppy. No execution, no nothing. It wasn’t us.”

Inside the Jackets’ dressing room, players tried to make sense of a game in which they surrendered a season high in goals. Four came in the second period, and the most painful was Mark Letestu’s short-handed breakaway score less than a second before intermission and just nine seconds after the Jackets got a power play.

The home fans responded by booing their team, which had won six of its past seven at Nationwide Arena and 10 of 13 overall, off the ice.


Below, watch Tortorella's statement and game highlights....

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The Problems With The Ottawa Senators And Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Less than a year ago they were Canada’s darlings.

A 98-point team in Ottawa that would push the Pittsburgh Penguins to double-overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, and a 103-point Oilers team whose journey ended just a period away from the Western Final. They were this country’s top National Hockey League entries back then, and destined in 2017-18 to break the 24-year run of American Stanley Cup winners.

Today, if you were to combine their percentage chances of making the playoffs in 2018, that number equals 10.8 per cent (according to the Sports Club Stats web site). The Oilers are at 3.9 per cent, the Sens at 6.9 per cent — both just this side of irrelevant, well before the kids are off for Christmas break.

Ottawa is on pace for 73 points, Edmonton just 71. Off of last season’s standings, that would place Ottawa 15th in the East, and Edmonton 12th out West.

Injuries, under-performing leaders, bad goaltending, and as a result, heavy questioning of the front office have afflicted both organizations.


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Another Bad Game From The Edmonton Oilers

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal,

Head coach Todd McLellan warned his team the morning of the game about taking the Philadelphia Flyers lightly.

They didn’t listen.

At least, we hope they didn’t listen because if they did, and they really were trying their hardest, the Edmonton Oilers are done.

The team that got snuffed out by the Flyers Wednesday night at Rogers Place isn’t going anywhere but down.

Not only did they lose, at home, in a must-win game, to a team with one victory in it’s previous 11 starts, they looked especially bad doing it.

Lifeless, disorganized, all the usual maladies that have plagued them all year.

It was bad. In a game between two organizations trying to right their sinking ships, the Oilers spent the evening taking on more water.


from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Just when you thought they were out of the funk, the team that spanked New Jersey 6-3 and returned to stink the joint out against Detroit, clobbered Vegas 8-2 and returned to soil the sheets against St. Louis returned. The team that put together an impressive performance winning 6-2 in Detroit then went to 30th overall Buffalo and delivered another dud, was back.

The club that won 4-2 in Boston and returned to soil the sheets against Phoenix re-entered the arena.

If Brossoit wasn’t now 1-5-1 and not improving his goals against average (3.80) or his save percentage (.872), you’d say it just wasn’t fair.


Game highlights are below...

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The Edmonton Oilers Know They Need A Win Tonight Against The Calgary Flames

from Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Sun,

Connor McDavid calls it “a massive game,” which may be a bit of hyperbole because it’s not exactly Game 7 of a playoff series, but McDavid can read the NHL standings.

If the Edmonton Oilers, seven points south of a wildcard playoff spot, beat the Calgary Flames on Saturday, they at least stay close to Anaheim, Colorado, Minnesota, Vancouver and Chicago just ahead of them in the standings. And they can stay in sight of Dallas and Calgary, who hold the wildcard spots right now.

If they lose, it may be time to think towards next year.

When a Calgary reporter asked McDavid if he knew why the club had been so inconsistent this season, he laughingly said “next question.”

“Believe me, if we knew we would fix it,” he told the reporter following the optional morning skate Saturday. 


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Afternoon Line- Fluto Shinzawa On Peter Chiarelli And The Edmonton Oilers

Given his history, Chiarelli will exercise more patience, even as the Oilers continue to run out of time. He knows Talbot, Klefbom, and Draisaitl can be better. He believes the cold hands up front will eventually warm. He understands today’s trade possibilities could turn into handcuffs starting next year, the first season of McDavid’s $12.5 million annual payday. Chiarelli does not want to make a bad start turn into more of a long-term problem by making rash moves.

-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe where you can read more on the Oilers and many other hockey topics.

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Morning Line- Rob Mixer On The Edmonton Oilers

There’s plenty of concern in Edmonton right now, particularly with the on-ice product. But what should be more concerning (and it may be for some) is that Chiarelli may be on the verge of yet another transformative trade — and his track record for those types of moves is far from glistening. If another core piece like, say, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were to leave town, it leaves a significant hole in their forward group and Chiarelli has to be 100 percent sure that the player coming back is either a) a high-end defenseman or b) someone who can score.

This iteration of the Oilers appears to be running out of time. Ownership’s patience with the GM might be thin, too.

-Rob Mixer at The Sporting News where you can read more on the Oilers plus other NHL topics too...

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Fixing The Oilers And Other Hockey Topics

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- The fix that could help the plummeting Oilers, however, may be too big to make.

The Oilers play man-to-man instead of zone defense in their end. Some coaches prefer man-to-man because of its simplicity: You pick your opponent and stay with him.

But the trouble with the free-falling Oilers is their man-to-man setup has them constantly chasing in the defensive zone instead of occupying space. They are so worried about shadowing their assignments that they leave the danger areas open with no safeguards in place.

- One of the best qualities of Hischier, 2017’s top overall selection, is his battle level. The 18-year-old is still slight at 175 pounds. But he has a Jeff Skinner-like fearlessness of being strong on pucks in close quarters.

- Black Friday, once known as the day for shopping deals, will hereby be repurposed for the date the Sabres are annually eliminated from playoff discussion.

more on the Oilers and other topics too...

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Maybe The Edmonton Oilers Are Just A Bad Team

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

It’s one thing to get caught in a washing machine spin cycle and get your clock cleaned by the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, but after walloping Detroit Red Wings one night later, where was the rinse and repeat against a Buffalo Sabres team Friday that had lost seven straight games?

They said all the right things after showing some character after the Blues no-show, saying it was only one game and they had to do it again against the Sabres, who had won just two of 10 home games.

Unfortunately, it was all lip service as the Sabres showed a pulse and the Edmonton Oilers had none in a 3-1 loss with backup goalie Laurent Brossoit holding them in through 40 minutes, allowing a bullet by Jacob Josefson until giving up a softie on his glove side to Jack Eichel early in the third. Kyle Okposo finished it empty net....

They’re now 8-13-2, and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt they’re a bad team.

read on for more on the game

Watch the highlights below and Todd McLellan post-game too...

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Take Your Pick, Edmonton Or Montreal

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Two of the biggest, and possibly saddest, stories in the NHL right now involve the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens, two teams that entered the season with expectations for at least relative success and right now they are two teams that sit 27th and 28th in the standings.

Starting with Edmonton, because they were a team that came into the year with Stanley Cup aspirations, the Oilers have not only had a hard time getting enough goals from the supporting cast, but they are apparently still looking for help on the blueline.

That problem will be addressed, to some degree, when Andrej Sekera is finally ready to play, but he's coming off a serious injury and if the Oilers are really going to improve defensively, the first area of concern is goaltending. Last season, Cam Talbot was a workhorse who had a .919 save percentage, a season worthy of Vezina consideration. This year he’s played a lot, starting 19 games, but only has a .900 save percentage and that’s a big difference. It would be one thing if the Oilers were giving up a bunch of high-quality shots against, but that’s not really the case....

While the Montreal Canadiens may not have looked like a Cup contender coming into the season, they are a team that had made the playoffs in four of the previous five seasons and certainly had to expect that the playoffs were a reasonable target this season.

The issues plaguing the Canadiens are not entirely different than those in Edmonton.

Start with goaltending, because that’s a huge one for Montreal, given how much the franchise is invested in Carey Price. The one season in the past five years that they didn’t make the playoffs was 2015-2016, when Price was limited to a dozen games and the Habs couldn’t survive his absence from the lineup.

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Ugly Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

They quit.

Walked over in Dallas, now crushed in St. Louis, the good ship Oiler rolls into Detroit on Wednesday at its nadir, one day before American Thanksgiving and as far away from the playoffs as it is from an identity forged last season.

The Edmonton Oilers were not remotely competitive in an 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues Tuesday, and the saddest part? They quit.

That’s right. Quit.

We watched, took some notes, and offer you these wholly negative takeaways on a pre-season favourite whose season is circling the bowl:

continued, includes video of Todd McLellan post-game...

from Bruce McGurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

“Let’s face it: the goaltender has to be better, the defencemen have to be better, the forwards have to be better, the coaches have to be better…”

Famous last words before Tuesday’s game from Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan, who along with his charges went on to put up a great big oh-fer-four with four strikeouts in the great baseball city of St. Louis, Missouri. The “Show Me” State, they call it; well, all the Oilers showed me was a flat-out terrible performance. This fish stank from the head down as the Oilers were out-coached, out-played and out-competed in every aspect of the game by a vastly superior opponent. The Blues owned this one from the outset, and only a sloppy third period where the hosts (correctly) recognized it was “point night” did the Oilers strike with some late, meaningless tallies. Nowhere near enough of them though in an 8-3 beatdown which was even worse than that ugly score indicates. 


Highlights of the game can be watched below...

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