Waking Up With The Edmonton Oilers: Loss To The Seattle Kraken

Seattle Kraken forward Jared McCann (19) scores a goal against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner (74) Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Seattle Kraken forward Jared McCann (19) scores a goal against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner (74) Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good Morning Edmonton Oilers fans. You may have woken up this morning hoping that last night’s loss was just a bad nightmare, unfortunately, it was not and it did really happen. Last night the Edmonton Oilers were up 2-0 before giving up goals in the second period and eventually losing 5-2 to the Seattle Kraken.

Edmonton Oilers  Can’t Win Low-Scoring Games

The problem for the Edmonton Oilers this season is if they don’t score more than 3 goals they don’t win. So far in their 20 wins this season, they have only won one game scoring less than 3 goals and that came last week against the Calgary Flames.

This shows that if you check the final score and don’t see at least a 3 in the Edmonton Oilers goal column, you can assume they lost that game. In the Edmonton Oilers 20 wins they averaged a goals for of 4.95 and a goals against of 2.75. Further proving that if you score more than 3 goals against the Oilers you win.

In the 16 losses, the Edmonton Oilers have been outscored an average of 4.06 to 2.125. When the Edmonton Oilers lose games they are scoring an average of 2.8 goals less while allowing 1.3 more. That is a more than 3 goal swing.

Can’t Blame The Goalies Last Night

Even though the 4 goals on 20 shot stat line doesn’t look good for Stuart Skinner if you watch the goals he really didn’t have much of a chance on any of them. The Edmonton Oilers defensive game lately has been giving up to many high-quality chances.

I think the Edmonton Oilers need to address these concerns at the deadline. They just don’t have enough high-end defensive defensemen. They need someone who can get this team to focus on the details in their own end. This is where I think they really miss Duncan Keith’s leadership.

If the Oilers can nail down the play in the own end this team would be really tough to beat. If this team makes it to the playoffs their defensive structure will need to be even tighter and I don’t know if they can do it.

On To The Next Game

The Oilers are back at it tomorrow night as they welcome the New York Islanders down to Rogers Place. This is a game the Oilers need to win, they need to stop this losing streak while they play weaker opponents.

After tomorrow they face the Avalanche and the Kings, both of these games will be tough wins, so they need to win the easier games. The Islander game is that.

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