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Sports Until the Edmonton Oilers get better goaltending, forget about it

08:25  09 december  2017
08:25  09 december  2017 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Edmonton Oilers said to be looking at bringing in a goalie, NHL insiders say

  Edmonton Oilers said to be looking at bringing in a goalie, NHL insiders say Hutchinson and Mrazek mentioned as possibilities by Kypreos and Friedman This in from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the latest on the Edmonton Oilers search for a goalie: “Laurent Brossoit is improving in the Edmonton goal, but the Oilers have looked at some external contributions to their crease. Nick (Kypreos of Sportsnet) mentioned Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson, […]This infrom Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the latest on the Edmonton Oilers search for a goalie:  “Laurent Brossoit is improving in the Edmonton goal, but the Oilers have looked at some external contributions to their crease.

Can the Edmonton Oilers survive the brutal month of October when they play against the top teams in the Now they’ve got to sign Darnell Nurse with sugar packets and matchsticks. It would be comical if it The Edmonton Oilers stepped up and took a goaltender high this past June, trading up with the

The Oilers will not win another Stanley Cup until they have a bona fide starter to go along with their tremendous core of young forwards. Let this list be a giant warning sign to Oilers management. Don't let the goaltending situation get this bad ever again.

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Perhaps the Oilers have died from one thousand cuts this year, but bad goaltending, a bad power play and a bad penalty kill have been constant issues all year, and they were again in Edmonton’s 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

If those things don’t change this weekend in Montreal and Toronto, nothing will change for the Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan is shuffling his line-up, moving out Drake Caggiula and Ryan Strome from Leon Drasaitl’s line and moving in Nathan Walker and Anton Slepyshev. It’s hard to see how Walker and Slepyshev will be major difference makers.

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  Should the Edmonton Oilers go with Nick Ellis or Laurent Brossoit next game? Edmonton’s weak playoff hopes got a wee bit brighter with its 7-5 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night, but they will quickly be extinguished without better goaltending. Edmonton’s weak playoff hopes got a wee bit brighter with its 7-5 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night, but they will quickly be extinguished without better goaltending.

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The difference needs to come in these other areas, starting in goal, where Cam Talbot is out and back-up Laurent Brossoit now has a one win, six losses and a .876 save percentage.

It’s fashionable to say he wasn’t the reason the Oilers lost to the Flyers, as Edmonton came out flat, but such a statement is also soft pedalling the fact that goaltending was a major factor. Simply put, Brian Elliott of the Flyers outplayed Brossoit, just as we’ve seen opposition goalies outplay the Oilers goalie in the vast majority of games this year, even when Talbot was healthy.

Against Philly, the Oilers had eight Grade A scoring chances, with just seven for the Flyers, and three of the Flyers best chances came after Brossoit either failed to smother a loose puck in his crease or let out a juicy slot rebound.

Oilers interested in Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson

  Oilers interested in Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson Oilers interested in Jets goaltender Michael HutchinsonEdmonton closed out last season having allowed the eighth-fewest goals in the NHL (2.52 per game) but rank tied for second-last in the cage this time around, allowing 3.39 goals per game through the season’s early goings. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, general manager Peter Chiarelli is considering Winnipeg Jets netminder Michael Hutchinson as a potential antidote.

The Edmonton Oilers are far from being a defensive powerhouse. On the contrary, they rank last or The Oilers stuck to their errant philosophy of drafting the best player, as opposed to drafting the Do nothing and embrace the Conor McDavid sweepstakes. Wait until the team wins a few games, then

It seems like an impossible fix. A team mired in the cellar of the Western Conference for years, with loads of offensive talent but saddled with an atrocious defense and sub-par goaltending , the Edmonton Oilers near-future looks bleak, at best .

The key sequence in the game late in the second period when the Flyers goalie stoned Darnell Nurse in close, then 25 second later Brossoit let in a soft goal on an outside.shot.

If Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli doesn’t bring in another adequate goalie pronto, what little hope there remains for this season will be out the window. It may well be that Chiarelli already missed the boat, and that early this week was his last real window to make that move.

As for the power play, it’s been clear for some time that the top unit that excelled last year of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Mark Letestu, Milan Lucic and Oscar Klefbom isn’t going to click, yet that’s the unit that McLellan again went back to against the Flyers. Until McDavid becomes a shooter and is surrounded with shooters, I don’t see things changing on the power play. It lacks pop, firepower. It lacks shooting threats.

As for the penalty kill, it continues to get whipped by cross-seam passes. Philadelphia’s power play goal came on a sequence of not one, but two cross-seam passes, first with Mark Letestu and Zack Kassian getting beat, then Matt Benning down low. The Letestu-Kassian combo especially seems overmatched right now on the kill and prone to being beat on cross-seam passes.

Oilers' season is like 'death by a thousand cuts,' GM says

  Oilers' season is like 'death by a thousand cuts,' GM says Despite the dismal performance that has left the team near the bottom of the league standings, the Edmonton Oilers won’t be making any major moves in an effort to improve. "Obviously I am disappointed as to where we are," Chiarelli said. "It's a little bit of 'death by a thousand cuts' ... you are patching up one area and another opens up.

One problem with the Edmonton Oilers is their situation in goal. Tim Campbell kind of hit at that in a Under the heading "What ( Edmonton ) still need" he wrote "The Oilers will look to get more playing time That's a funny way of saying that Talbot needs some relief, but who says that Brossoit is good

It takes some doing not to be excited and bullish about a team that has Connor McDavid, but such is the state of the Oilers that most fans are now as down as they were in the worst days of the Decade of Darkness. Perhaps McDavid and Co. can find a way to work with McLellan and Chiarelli and salvage this season. But the Philly loss was a major kick in the teeth, all the more so because those same issues that have killed the Oilers this year, killed them yet again.

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Caggiula scores late, Oilers beat Blues for third straight win .
Drake Caggiula scored the go-ahead goal at 19:10 of the third period as the Edmonton Oilers won their third game in a row for the first time this season, defeating the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Thursday. Caggiula took a pass in front from behind the net by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and beat Blues goalie Jake Allen with 49.8 seconds left on the clock.Michael Cammalleri and Connor McDavid also scored for the Oilers (16-17-2), who have won four of their last five games."Big win, we hadn't won three in a row yet this year, which is pretty remarkable. Nice to be able to do that," McDavid said. "It felt a lot like last year, the crowd was into it.

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