Edmonton Oilers: Fans need to have patience as the season unfolds

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Edmonton Oilers have only played SIX GAMES

Anybody ever heard of sample size?  It means you need to repetitively perform a task a proper amount of times before you excel at it. The standings only count at the end of the year, not the beginning.  Ottawa was 4th in the division in the early going, does anyone who follows hockey actually believe a rebuilding team will take a wildcard playoff spot?  You shouldn’t.

The Flames are undefeated in 3 games right now, does that automatically mean they’ll stay that way for the rest of the season?  No, of course not.  Montreal is at the top of the division right now, does that mean they’re the division winner?  No.

History explains what could happen to the Edmonton Oilers

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In 2019 the St. Louis Blues would go on to win the Stanley Cup.  But, it’s often forgotten that in the 1st half of that season the Blues were one of the worst teams in the league.

Then they called up Jordan Binnington in goal and rode him until they won the cup.  Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning won the cup.

Ever looked up their game results from last season on their website?  I did.  They were 2-2 after 4 games and 5-5 after 10 games, which is decidedly…..average.

And yet, they went on to win the cup.  Last season, in the early going, James Neal was leading the league in goal scoring.  Did that mean he was automatically destined to win the Rocket Richard trophy?  No.

Even the Oilers, during the decade of darkness, would routinely start the season hot in the first 10-20 games, then go on a huge losing streak and predictably come crashing down to Earth, because at the time they weren’t good enough to compete for a playoff spot.

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The bottom line on the Edmonton Oilers

Is it nice to get off to a hot start to the season?  Yes.  Is it a necessity to have NHL success?  No. I’ve said this once but I really can’t emphasize it enough.  6 games into the season means nothing as far as how the rest of the season will go.

The wins and the goals will come, don’t worry.  We just need more time for the team to come together, that’s all. And remember, when it comes to your fandom, passion is not a substitute for logic.  Emotion is not a substitute for reality.