The thrills, spills, and chills of the Oilers’ past 3 games

Oct 21, 2023; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) and Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) look for a loose puck during the second period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 21, 2023; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) and Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) look for a loose puck during the second period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 14, 2023; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Jack Studnika (23) scores a goal during the second period against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner (74) at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

Shorthanded goals

The Edmonton Oilers, known for their scorching power play that led the league last season, find themselves facing an unexpected challenge early in the new campaign. What was once a dominant aspect of their game has now become a source of concern, as the Oilers’ power play has yielded back-to-back shorthanded goals to the opposition.

Last season, the Oilers were the envy of the NHL when it came to their power play. Their ability to convert on the man advantage was nothing short of remarkable, thanks in large part to the dynamic duo of McDavid and Draisaitl, who orchestrated plays with finesse and precision. Their power play unit was a well-oiled machine that struck fear into the hearts of opponents.

However, this season has ushered in a sense of uncertainty. The Oilers’ power play, which was once a weapon of choice, has now shown signs of vulnerability. All too recently, the team has experienced the rare and unwelcome occurrence of allowing shorthanded goals to their opponents in consecutive games.

Shorthanded goals are a double blow for any team. Not only do they squander the opportunity to capitalize on the power play, but they also gift the opposition with a momentum-shifting goal. The Oilers, who are no strangers to offensive firepower, have found themselves in the perplexing position of being outplayed while holding the man advantage.

There’s no denying the frustration this has caused within the Oilers’ camp. The team is well aware of the lofty expectations that come with a potent power play unit, and their recent struggles in this department are far from what they’ve come to expect from themselves.

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The challenge that the Oilers face now is one of adaptability and resilience. While they may not completely reinvent the wheel, adjustments to their power play strategy are undoubtedly on the table. Improved communication, better decision-making, and a heightened sense of responsibility when on the power play will be essential.