Edmonton Oilers: Three Reasons The Team Got Swept

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3. Bounces

The Edmonton Oilers just cannot get a bounce. No matter what the situation is the team was not the luckier of the two. It might sound silly but bounces do really matter in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The better of the two teams usually win, but bounces do play a major factor.

Winnipeg won three games in overtime. A couple of those overtime goals were great, but they also were pretty lucky goals. A screen by the Oilers on Mike Smith led to an easy win for the Jets, and so many times they just were not getting the bounces they needed to pull through in the end.

Yeah, the Oilers should have been a lot better in this series to the point where it shouldn’t have been close, but it was close. It was so close that a few bounces going the wrong way ended up costing them the series.

This team lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in a very similar way last summer. Now they will be entering the 2021-22 season hungry to win. However, the golden opportunity that was the North Division is gone, and now the Oilers will probably be back with their Pacific Division rivals.