#2 – Play a full 60 minutes
It’s easy to say that the Oilers ran out of gas in the third period against Washington, a crutch to hide the fact that they didn’t compete for the full 60 minutes, yet again. Maybe the grueling east-coast road trip and the difference of two time zones played a role in the team leaking Oil in the third (pardon the pun).
But it’s time to put that excuse to bed and focus on Saturday’s game. The Oilers must put forth a full, concerted 60-minute effort and if they can do so, they’ll have a chance to win. They likely deserved a better fate against Washington but they ran into a hot goalie who made some key saves in the first two periods.
It is that effort and level of intensity that Edmonton needs today. If they can bring that same level of compete then this game should go the Oilers’ way.
Anything short of that and the Coyotes could make Oilers fans slink back to the edge of the cliff with thoughts about jumping off.