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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:

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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. 

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Video- Vladimir Tarasenko Had An Assist, Goal And…

this for the Gordie Howe hat trick tonight.

 

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Cam Talbot Needs To Be Better

from Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Sun,

Five-on-five, Talbot’s save percentage is .916, but it’s .829 on the penalty-kill, mostly because the players in front of him were so dreadful, especially at home, for weeks and weeks before turning it around.

“We’re about 90 per cent the last little while, but my play usually dictates the power play (success),” he said.

Talbot is his own worst critic, so you won’t find him tap-dancing around his play.

“Maybe I don’t have to steal games, but I have to give us a chance to win,” he said. “The difference this year and last is my consistency. I’ve had some good games but others I want back and I have to eliminate those ones.”

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Afternoon Line- Todd McLellan

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Morning Line- Mark Spector On Connor McDavid

...the numbers don’t lie: minus-2 against St. Louis Thursday, and minus-2 again Saturday, despite a goal and two assists. Your best player simply has to be better than that, and McDavid’s line — with Pat Maroon and Drake Caggiula — was on the ice for three even strength goals by Dallas, with McDavid also on for a fourth.

Somehow, too many turnovers have mixed into McDavid’s game, resulting in odd-man rushes the other way after high-risk zone entry attempts go bad. In his own zone, the puck is getting behind his goalie too often, even if the reasons are ever-changing.

Part of being a superstar is playing as well without the puck, and being smarter with it than McDavid has been this season. Your best player has to be just that — at both ends of the rink — to have success.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet on Connor McDavid.  Read more on the Oilers and their 6-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.

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Secondary Scoring Needed In Edmonton

from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

... The Oilers, meanwhile, are suffering from what can only be termed “general disappointment” in their search for depth scoring.

The main men are producing at a reasonable rate. The quintet of McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, Patrick Maroon and Milan Lucic have connected for 28 goals to this point, compared to 25 through 19 games a year ago. Ryan Strome’s 3 goals are within spitting distance of the departed Jordan Eberle’s 5, so let’s call the “top six” a saw-off.

But beyond that, there’s barely a pulse. Fourth-line centre Mark Letestu has 3 goals, all on the powerplay. On the wings, young bucks Drake Caggiula, Anton Slepyshev, Jujhar Khaira, and Puljujarvi 1 lonely tally apiece. The list of guys with no goals at all stretches from the departed Kailer Yamamoto and Jussi Jokinen to fourth-line regulars Iiro Pakarinen and Zack Kassian. That’s a total of 4 goals for 8 players in  combined 91 games played. Whereas last season Pitlick had 6 on his lonesome by this point.

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

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal,

The Edmonton Oilers are going to need a smaller measuring stick.

The one the St. Louis Blues used to beat them down Thursday night is a little more than they can handle right now.

The 4-1 home ice defeat, spoiling their chance to win two games in a row at home this season, was another wake-up call for Edmonton....

All the usual suspects were present in Edmonton’s latest loss: The PK gave up a goal, the offence was anemic, the giveaways were painful to watch, and once again, Edmonton’s best players were trying to pass the puck into the net.

So now they head back out for a five-game road trip with a 7-10-2 record, their game still full of holes, one long slump away from being buried in the playoff race by the American Thanksgiving.

Otherwise things are looking pretty good.

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Mike Cammalleri Goes To Edmonton, jussi Jokinen Goes To LAK

from Sportsnet,

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jussi Jokinen.

Cammalleri has three goals and seven points in 15 games this season, his second stint with the Kings after signing a one-year contract with the team on July 1.

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added 7:36pm, LA press release is below...

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A Stinker For The Edmonton Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It’s too bad the late great Pat Quinn wasn’t behind the bench and in the media room to make the declaration that the Edmonton Oilers, “sucked the hind banana.”

Usually it’s after the bulls leave the building that the place reeks, but Sunday was before the Oilers cleared the building to make way for the inaugural million dollar PBR Global Cup this weekend.

They were rancid. They stunk the joint out.

It was a game in which fans came to Rogers Place with great expectations.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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