It’s going to get worse before it gets better. That’s the line you always hear before you hit rock bottom. Well, is it safe to say that the Edmonton Oilers have officially hit rock bottom or do we need to wait for the game against the San Jose Sharks before it’s made official?
After being shutout for the third straight home game last night at the hands of the Dallas Stars, this has to be rock bottom for the Oilers. And with the high flying Sharks set to enter Rexall on Friday, the future looks bleak.
How can a team go on the road, score goals like any other team around the league, only to return home and stink the joint out. Sure, after a four-game road trip you can expect the Oilers to be a little slow for the first ten, maybe twenty minutes. But after that they should be dominating the fore-check, hungry for the puck and winning the battles down low. The cycle in the opposing end used to be one of this team’s strengths, a strategy that would generate scoring chances and allow the forwards to swarm the net like a dog on a bone.
But it just didn’t happen. In fact, it was the opposite from the Oilers last night. Little to no emotion and let’s not even talk about drive or energy.
Yesterday Dallas Eakins talked about getting that first goal and energizing the building to get the crowd on their side. After reading some notes on Twitter from people who were at the game, it sounded like the mood in Rexall was comparable to that of a morgue. The only thing missing from last night’s snooze fest were the boo-birds at the end of the game. There were some, but it wasn’t as dominating as I thought it might or could have been.
Can it get any worse? I know this is the pessimist in me coming out and while I’m trying to find positives to focus on, it’s more than challenging. Mark Arcobello and Boyd Gordon play hard every night and they play like they want to be there. Those are two positives. Devan Dubnyk also played well. Three positives.
It’s the morning after and this Oilers fan is bummed. The team is 4-14-2 and with the hungry San Jose Sharks on deck, one if not the best team in the league, the future doesn’t look to promising.
The Calgary Flames will host the Oilers on Saturday and maybe that’s when we’ll get our first look at how quick the re-build is progressing in southern Alberta. We know that the northern team is damn close to rock bottom, if they’re not there already.
Is this rock bottom for the Oilers having been shutout three straight games at home and not to mention lost five in a row on home ice? You be the judge.