Edmonton Oilers Early Struggles: Addressing Key Issues to Turn Things Around

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The Edmonton Oilers have had a rough start to the season, with a devastating 8-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the first game of the season. This loss has left many fans wondering what the team needs to change in order to turn things around.

One of the biggest issues that the Oilers need to address is their defense. The team allowed an average of 3.96 goals per game last season, which was simply not good enough. They are not off to a good start this season, allowing 8 goals in game one. They need to tighten up their defensive play and focus on limiting the number of shots and scoring chances for their opponents.

Another key area that the Oilers need to focus on is their special teams play. Their penalty kill was particularly disappointing, with a kill rate of just 76.98% last season. Again, they are not off to a good start in that regard. This team will need to show improvement here if they want to go on a run.

In addition to these on-ice issues, the Oilers also need to work on their mental toughness. After such a devastating loss, it can be easy for a team to get down on themselves and lose confidence. The Oilers need to stay positive and focused and use this loss as motivation to improve and come back stronger. You can tell it was affecting the team’s attitude in last night’s game when McDavid and Draisaitl both took bad penalties.

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Overall, the Edmonton Oilers have a lot of work to do if they hope to turn things around after their early season struggles. By focusing on their defense, special teams, and mental toughness, they can start to build momentum and climb up the standings. It won’t be easy, but if they are able to focus and play their game they should be able to turn this around quickly.

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