The Edmonton Oilers haven’t provided much to cheer about through the first two games of their young season, especially after a lackluster affair Saturday night in Vancouver. Aside from a pair of fights, the Oilers lacked hussle, heart and even emotion at times, dropping an ugly 6-2 loss to the Canucks, their most hated rival of late.
Yes, it’s still early but how long can this team that has no identity continue to use that excuse. Not to mention the Calgary Flames have picked up three points out of a possible four. While you can’t make the playoffs in October you can most certainly make your life miserable having to play catch up for the rest of the year.
I’m not saying the Oilers are headed for doom and gloom this season, at least not yet. It is only two games in and if Saturday’s performance was any indication, this Oilers team hasn’t responded to head coach Dallas Eakins‘ mandate about compete every shift or be left behind. There is much work to do and in this game, we all have to have short memories, especially after a game like this last one.
Finding three stars out of the Canucks game was difficult. Let me reprhrase that. Finding three stars from the Oilers was difficult and although I was never tempted to put Ryan Kesler or the Sedin’s, these three stars wasn’t a lot of fun to write about.