Edmonton Oilers: Three Reasons The Team Got Swept

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Connor Hellebuyck #37, Edmonton Oilers
Connor Hellebuyck #37, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

2. Great Goaltending

Connor Hellebuyck did his job. He shut down the Edmonton Oilers in four straight games posting a .950 save percentage and a 1.6 goals-against average. I kept saying that the Oilers needed to make things more difficult in front of Hellebuyck and I still stand by that.

Edmonton is a team that rushed into the offensive zone and fired a shot towards the net trying to get goals off the rush. If you want to score on Hellebuyck you need to get players in front of the net and rely on some deflections and gritty play in front of the great goaltender.

Honestly, both goalies were great in the series Hellebuyck was just on the winning side. Should Edmonton of won this series we probably would be talking about how good Mike Smith was in getting the team four wins.

Great goaltending and a lack of depth has hurt the team before, and the third reason might be the biggest issue this team has.