Post Game - Oilers vs. Avs

Jonathan Willis
October 27 2009 11:16PM

Colorado Avalanche: 3

Edmonton Oilers: 0

Not much to say about this one. It was a lousy hockey game, and the score is a fair indication of both who carried the play and exactly how boring it was.  There wasn't a player on the team who had a good game, save perhaps Khabibulin.  We can chalk it up to the flu (everybody's sick, and Ladislav Smid has swine flu) or we can chalk it up to percentages normalizing (since I said the Oilers were bound to drop from their 15.2% rate they've fallen down to 12.3%) or we can chalk it up to outshooting the opposition a grand total of one time on the season, but this team doesn't look good right now.

The same things apply now that applied prior to this streak of three losses to division opponents: it's early, it's only a few games, and it isn't worth panicking about. 

Also possibly of interest - while Dan Tencer suggests the powerplay is the problem, I thought it looked good tonight, even if it didn't score.  But when the Oilers have gone three games without an even-strength goal, and two without a goal period, I think it's a bit much to blame special teams. 

Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including the Edmonton Journal, Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
#152 Ogden Brother
October 28 2009, 07:24PM
Trash it!
Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Then what are we to talk about?


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