Is that asking too much? Perhaps, given the current state of the Oilers. But it sure would be nice to write, read and talk about something positive associated with this team. I can’t imagine that the atmosphere surrounding this team could get much worse than it is now. I think most fans have already crawled to the proverbial edge. Some have already jumped and could care less if the team keeps losing. Others have looked over but decided to come back down and search for any positives that may arise.
We expected a much better bounce back game Saturday against the Red Wings. It didn’t happen. I would expect most of us feel the same about tonight’s game as well. Unfortunately, the team is trying to deal with some key injuries. Unlike some of the elite organizations the Oilers really do not yet appear to have a team in which if one key player goes down another steps up. Instead, more often than not, an injury appears to be used as a crutch instead of motivation. Until that mentality changes all key injuries will affect this team.
I hope for Taylor Fedun’s sake this team shows up tonight. You have to think this game means an awful lot for him tonight. You would also like to think his teammates recognize this fact and pull together not just for him but for themselves as well. We’ll see!
A little off topic, but in a lot of ways I find Dallas Eakins a mirror image of the core players that make up his team. A respected coach at his level with relatively short career experiences. Coveted by many NHL teams for his potential. His arrival in Edmonton was big news. A steal for us some said. He arrived with loads of confidence. Said the right things. Looked the part. But then, much like his core players he seems to have struggled. Struggled to find systems that work for his team. Struggled to find what makes each of his players tick. Struggled to produce victories. Sound familiar?
Let’s hope Eakins and the Oilers throw us a bone tonight. Just a little reprieve from the all too commonly occurring gloom and doom that continues to follow this team. Eventually it will pass, right?