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Sports Oilers show lack of depth again as McDavid, Draisaitl shut down by Sabres

15:45  09 december  2019
15:45  09 december  2019 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Draisaitl conquers Canucks’ tough defence to restore Oilers’ division lead

  Draisaitl conquers Canucks’ tough defence to restore Oilers’ division lead After his team lost 5-2 Saturday in Edmonton, Oilers coach Dave Tippett split Draisaitl and McDavid on to different lines. Unfortunately for the Canucks, they were reunited for Sunday’s power plays. The post Draisaitl conquers Canucks’ tough defence to restore Oilers’ division lead appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Halfway through the game, he did not have a shot on target for the Edmonton Oilers. When it was over, shot attempts were 22-9 for the Vancouver Canucks at even strength when Draisaitl was on the ice. The Canucks could hardly defend the superstar any better.

McDavid , the Oilers captain, did not speak to the media post-game. Oscar Klefbom tried to explain why the Oilers have opened their four-game homestand There’s a team here that can shut opponents down when they play a more straight-ahead game. Edmonton trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes, then held

Colin Miller scored in overtime as the Sabres emerged with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. The game marked the return of Kreuger to Edmonton after he coached the Oilers for the LATEST NHL NEWS. Oilers show lack of depth again as McDavid , Draisaitl shut down by Sabres .

EDMONTON — The French Connection, the Production Line, or Gretzky, Kurri and whomever — none of those were the best lines in the game of hockey.

This was:

“Two places you should never make a drop pass,” Tommy McVie once said. “At home, and on the road.”

The Edmonton Oilers drop-passed their way to a 2-0 first period deficit, then clawed their way back to lose 3-2 in overtime to the Buffalo Sabres. It was a solid 40-minute effort by the Oilers in which neither Connor McDavid nor Leon Draisaitl had a point, though Draisaitl hit two posts.

Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19?

  Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19? Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19? It’s easy to forget this with the way the agonizing 2018-19 season ended, but the Oilers were riding high at this time last year. After 32 games, the 2018-19 Oilers had 17 wins and 15 losses. This year, after 32 games, the 2019-20 Oilers have 18 wins and 14 losses. After Ken Hitchcock took over the Edmonton Oilers in mid-November 2018, that 2018-19 edition of the Oilers went on a solid run, winning eight of 11 games, culminating in a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avs on Dec. 11. But then came misery for Hitchcock and the Oilers, a long stretch of games where they simply lacked the defensive skill and depth to survive.

Leon Tim Draisaitl (German: [ˈdʁaɪ.zaɪt.l̩]; born 27 October 1995) is a German professional ice hockey forward and an alternate captain for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Oilers look to string their second win in a row Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres . "The games get tighter and teams start locking it down , so we just have to keep improving and keep getting better." The two sides will reconvene once again in the new year, on Jan. Leon Draisaitl and McDavid are first and second in National Hockey League scoring with 53 and 52 points, respectively.

As Pat Quinn would say, with Zack Kassian back on their wing, the Oilers top scorers played like a couple of “Fancy Dans” in Period 1, passing up shot attempts in favour of low percentage passes that didn’t cash Sunday.

“The big guys tonight, they thought they were back together and that they could just get ‘er going here with lots of passes. That they could pass it in the net,” said head coach Dave Tippett. “I was yelling just like the fans were: ‘Shoot the puck!’ Standing behind the bench yelling at them to shoot the puck. We didn’t have the right mindset when we came out … and it cost us a point.”

Edmonton has now lost 24 straight games when both McDavid and Draisaitl do not score a point, a stat that points to what we already know: more forward talent is required here before GM Ken Holland’s work is done. Edmonton has yet to win this season, in any of the six games where Draisaitl went pointless.

Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19?

  Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19? Can these Edmonton Oilers avoid the ugly collapse of 2018-19? It’s easy to forget this with the way the agonizing 2018-19 season ended, but the Oilers were riding high at this time last year. After 32 games, the 2018-19 Oilers had 17 wins and 15 losses. This year, after 32 games, the 2019-20 Oilers have 18 wins and 14 losses. After Ken Hitchcock took over the Edmonton Oilers in mid-November 2018, that 2018-19 edition of the Oilers went on a solid run, winning eight of 11 games, culminating in a 6-4 win over the Colorado Avs on Dec. 11. But then came misery for Hitchcock and the Oilers, a long stretch of games where they simply lacked the defensive skill and depth to survive.

Shutting down McDavid . The Oilers boast the top two scorers in the league in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl . Though the duo did manage some chances - they combined for seven shots - the Sabres were ultimately able to keep both players off the score sheet

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McDavid, the Oilers captain, did not speak to the media post-game.

Oscar Klefbom tried to explain why the Oilers have opened their four-game homestand with losses to Ottawa and Buffalo, and sandwiched a 2-1 squeaker over the Los Angeles Kings in between.

“We’ve got to be better,” said Klefbom. “We should be in the front seat in a game like this, and outwork these guys. We’ve been playing some really good hockey, but it’s just every other game.

“We play our best hockey when our work ethic is there, and then our skill takes over. If we start in the wrong end, try to be fancy and cute, and try to make open net goals and find the seam, we’re not that team yet,” Klefbom explained. “We’ve been focusing a lot on trying to be ready when the puck drops and having a good work ethic and outwork them. We know we have the skill and the potential, some of the best players in the league, that can produce for us.”

There’s a team here that can shut opponents down when they play a more straight-ahead game. Edmonton trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes, then held Buffalo to 10 shots on goal through the next 40 minutes. But the fallback from that success is always a light, skill game — one that works at the All-Star Game but nowhere else.

Carolina Hurricanes surge past Edmonton Oilers

  Carolina Hurricanes surge past Edmonton Oilers The Carolina Hurricanes scored three goals in the first period and three more in the third on their way to a 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night at Rogers Place. Carolina's Sebastian Aho opened the scoring 4:15 into the game, whacking in a puck that deflected to him at the side of the net.The Oilers failed to convert on two power plays. Then, the Hurricanes' Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Dzingel scored on the man-advantage in the final 2:02 of the first to make it 3-0 Carolina after one.Oilers forward Zack Kassian scored the only goal of the second, nudging a rebound behind Carolina goaltender James Reimer.

McDavid and Draisaitl are one of the most dangerous duos in the NHL, and while it does limit the potential for scoring depth , I’d rather go with what worked last season. McDavid and Draisaitl work off each other very well. They see things most players don’t and they can read and play off one another.

Now, if the Oilers struggle in the near future, plenty of people will heap blame on McDavid and/or Draisaitl . Really, though, the true scapegoats should be RNH could easily grow into being well worth that M. Draisaitl may also justify his hefty price tag. McDavid honestly cut the Oilers a relative deal

Riley Sheahan scored on a breakaway, and Joakim Nygard deflected a Darnell Nurse wrist shot, as the Oilers changed their mindset from the fisherman who only wants to keep 25-pounders, to a guy who’ll haul in whatever the seas give him, just to feed the family.

Klefbom is right: there is a team here that can defend well enough to stay in games, so that McDavid, Draisaitl and/or the powerplay can win it for them. On this night, that formula was a goalpost or two from panning out.

“But as a team, we have to be ready and bring the work ethic,” he said. “When we play our best hockey is when the skill comes in second place, and that usually takes over when we ground the teams down and get them tired.”

Meanwhile, this game marked the return of former Oilers coach Ralph Krueger, unceremoniously fired by then-GM Craig MacTavish over Skype. He was asked Sunday morning if he’d talked to MacTavish since.

“Nope, never talked to him and really don’t need to,” Krueger said.

After Colin Miller shovelled home the overtime winner, in an overtime session where Draisaitl twice gave up possession, Krueger walked out of the rink with a smile so big, it might not fit inside the Skype screen.

“It’s real nice,” he beamed post-game. “They (the Sabres players) know the story and they know the history. We have an honest culture in there and we’re just out for each other. It was a beautiful victory here especially because of the character we showed to get it.”

Here’s the reality: Edmonton had a 7-1 start to the season. Since then they’ve gone 11-9-4.

Carolina closes out the Oilers’ homestand on Tuesday. It’s anyone’s guess which Oilers team shows up, and for how long.

Draisatl, McDavid each score goal and assist as Oilers edge Canadiens 4-3 .
EDMONTON — Leon Draisaitl, Josh Archibald and Connor McDavid each had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a two-game losing skid with a big 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Riley Sheahan also scored for the Oilers (20-15-4) who have just two wins in their last eight games. Jeff Petry, Phillip Danault and Max Domi replied for the Canadiens (17-13-6) who had a two-game winning streak ended. The Oilers blazed toRiley Sheahan also scored for the Oilers (20-15-4) who have just two wins in their last eight games.

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