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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. 

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Highlights of the game can be watched below...

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Comments

Red Winger's avatar

Todd M will be the first coaching casualty of the season. The Oilers are in a free-fall

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 11/22/17 at 09:17 AM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

They might have quit, but they also got destroyed. St L is the best team in hockey. I didn’t believe it till i watched last night. Playing at such a high level it’s a true pleasure to watch (however hard that might be for me to admit as a Wings fan).

I now predict Todd McLellan will be the next coach of the DRW

Posted by duhduhduh on 11/22/17 at 09:26 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Posted by MoreShoot on 11/22/17 at 08:26 AM ET

Two teams met last night that are going in diametrically -opposite directions. 8-3 actually makes the Oilers look better than they were.

Having said that, I fully expect a 3-2 Oilers win tonight at The Dough. Because, that’s what the Wings do.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 11/22/17 at 09:33 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Having said that, I fully expect a 3-2 Oilers win tonight at The Dough. Because, that’s what the Wings do.

yeah, I was thinking the same thing

BUT,
that’s why they play the game - prove me wrong, boyz! ... please

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 11/22/17 at 09:39 AM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

watch the extended highlights and (this can be a drinking game) count (drink) every tike the Blies get a golden chance inside the dots.

Posted by duhduhduh on 11/22/17 at 09:41 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I could make a drinking game out of watching Petticoat Junction, so this should be fun!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 11/22/17 at 09:58 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I watched most of the oilers game last night. I sincerely hope the same team shows up tonight, as I will get my first look at the new building and mcdavid. Here’s hoping only one of those two impresses tonight…. smile

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/22/17 at 10:28 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Talbot shit the bed before that game even really got started. Knocked the wind right out of their sails, if they had any to begin with.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 11/22/17 at 10:32 AM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Talbot shit the bed before that game even really got started. Knocked the wind right out of their sails, if they had any to begin with.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 11/22/17 at 09:32 AM ET

Whatever they had left was sucked up by Parayko. Man that guy is a beast.

Posted by duhduhduh on 11/22/17 at 11:24 AM ET

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