“I don’t think they realize yet what it takes to win on a nightly basis… It starts in your own head. The minute that you man up and buy in and understand how much it hurts to be a winner, we have a shot. Right now, not good enough.” That’s head coach Tom Renney on Sunday night after his team’s third loss in a row, this one against the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I’m not sure how much more I can do with limited minutes. I’m not sure why he (Renney) made the change against Detroit.” And that’s Oilers’ left winger Ben Eager, the man who was brought in to add toughness to a young Oiler lineup and yet has nine hits in thirteen games and no goals and only a single assist but he does have one fight.
This loss makes three in a row, and so, the “fail for nail” sentiment is becoming more and more prevalent in my twitter feed amongst Oiler fans. All I can say to that is of course let’s just breathe and take this one game at a time shall we? After all, the Oilers are still above .500 and that in itself is a welcomed change.
The Edmonton Oil Kings were proud to select in the first round of the 2011 CHL import draft Martin Gernat, a Slovakian player who had just been drafted in the fifth round by the Edmonton Oilers. Being a fifth round pick, expectations were low going into this season but Gernat may be out to prove just how much the amateur scouting of the Oilers has improved since Stu MacGregor has taken over at the helm.
Oilers lose 3-0 to Red Wings
The Edmonton Oilers continue their challenging first road trip of November. This trip will see the Oilers play three of the four past four Stanley Cup champions. The Oilers of course didn’t fare well against the Boston Bruins on Thursday and the results of the game against the Red Wings could be seen as better for a number of reasons.
Oilers lose 6-3 to the Bruins
The excitement for this game seemed to surround the Taylor-Tyler comparison, and the fact that Tyler Seguin made himself unavailable to the media today only fuelled the fire. Unfortunately, not many Oilers fans could imagine a win coming out of this game. The last time the Oilers won in Boston was 15 years and 3 days ago. Yup, November 7th, 1996 was the last time the Oilers walked away from Boston Gardens with a win.
The Edmonton Oilers’ AHL farm team, the Oklahoma City Barons have not been receiving the traditional main stream coverage that might help the team attract more fans. This is the Barons’ second year of existence and unfortunately Ryan Aber, the writer who covered the Barons for the Daily Oklahoman was reassigned and has not been replaced. Neal Livingston has written on the Copper & Blue a piece explaining the media situation, and what that means for non-traditional coverage of the team.
Oilers beat Canadiens 3-1
The Edmonton Oilers found a way to put away their first original six team of their Eastern road trip. While apparently no one on the RDS panel expected the Oilers to find a win and the term “a walk in the park” was even dropped in terms of how the Canadiens as a team may find matching up against the Oilers, a win was exactly what the Oilers took.
Ales Hemsky, Darcy Hordichuk and Cam Barker all look set to return to the line-up soon and so changes to the Oilers line-up must be made. Cam Barker and Ales Hemsky both took and as far as I can tell, passed Coach Tom Renney’s skate test. This test is something that all players hoping to return to the line-up must do, and the results must make Renney happy. Renney says he can tell if his players are not pushing themselves, or are pushing too hard.
It was bound to happen, but I didn’t think that it would be this soon. The Edmonton Oilers saw their winning streak snapped at six thanks to the efforts of the Phoenix Coyotes.
As per Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal’s tweets this evening, it seems as though left winger Linus Omark may once again be disgruntled. Omark made some memorable comments to the media after being sent to the Oklahoma City Barons and blamed politics before the season began last season.
When the team chose to send Omark to Oklahoma this season after sitting the feisty shootout sensation in the pressbox, it was done quietly and no announcement was made until Omark had joined the Barons who were currently on their road trip.
About Oil Patch
Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.
Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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