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Game Recap 10.0: Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild - Oilers Nation

Game Recap 10.0: Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild - Oilers Nation
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Coming into tonight’s game, the Oilers had yet another opportunity to take advantage of a team that’s struggling and I desperately wanted them to do a better job of that than we saw against Winnipeg on Sunday . That’s not to say that they played poorly against the Jets, it’s just that the team missed out on a chance to steal a second point from a team that was riding a losing streak. Looking at the Wild, they had the worst goal differential in the NHL ahead of tonight’s game, they’re allowing a lot of goals against right now, and I really wanted to see the Oilers use that to their advantage. They need to find a way to develop that killer instinct that sees them consistently putting their foot on a team’s metaphorical head, pushing them further underwater while they struggle for air rather than throwing them a lifevest. Once again, I did not get my wish or anything close to it for that matter.

In the early minutes of the game, both teams went through the usual ‘feeling each other out’ period with each side getting some decent but not great chances on goal. Unfortunately, those first few minutes of the opening frame was when the even play kinda stopped. In the latter half of the first, the Oilers looked completely lost in all three zones on the ice and it cost them a trio of avoidable goals and spotted a struggling Wild team with a commanding lead they shouldn’t have had. Yeah, you could complain about the missed calls that led to each of Stahl’s first period markers but that doesn’t account for the overall sloppiness that was the core root of the Oilers’ problems. While they did get better as the game progressed through the second period and into the third, a low bar to clear, I know, the Oilers had already set themselves up for failure with a brutal start, inability to string two passes together, and a three-goal deficit that was obviously too much to overcome.

Even worse than the loss, in my opinion, is now that Connor and Leon have cooled off a bit from their scorching start to the season, the lack of secondary scoring on this roster is front and centre.
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