The Edmonton Oilers are a team that has been struggling to find its footing in the early stages of the 2023 NHL season. With a record of 2-9-1 earlier this season, the Oilers’ fans were starting to lose hope that this season would be different from the last few disappointing campaigns. However, their recent win against the Vegas Golden Knights may have just turned their season around as they now sit with a record of 8-12-1.
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The Oilers have been struggling with both their offense and defense this season. However, in their last 11 games, they have managed to turn things around, thanks to some excellent performances from their star players. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have been leading the Oilers’ offense, and their performances have been nothing short of outstanding.
The team has scored 44 goals in their last 11 games, which is an average of four goals per game. This is a significant improvement from their early-season struggles where in their first 10 they averaged under 3 goals per game and shows how much better they have become in recent times.
Another key factor in the Oilers’ recent success has been their improved defense. In their last 11 games, the team has allowed just 37 goals, which is an average of just over three goals per game. In their first 10 games, they averaged over 4 against per game. This is a significant improvement from their earlier struggles and shows how much better they have become in their defensive game.
TSN's Chris Johnston has suggested recalling Jack Campbell from Bakersfield is an option for the Oilers, but this is not the right time for such a move.
Also, the Oilers’ mental toughness has been a crucial factor in their success. After a tough start to the season, the team could have easily given up and accepted defeat. But instead, they have persevered and continued to work hard, even when things weren’t going their way. This mental toughness has been evident in their recent performances, and it has played a crucial role in their recent success.
The Oilers’ recent win against the Golden Knights is just the latest sign that this team is starting to turn things around. With their offense firing on all cylinders, their defense improving, and their mental toughness growing stronger by the day, there’s no telling how far this team can go. If they continue to play with the same level of intensity and determination, they could very well make a deep playoff run this season.
The Edmonton Oilers are a team that has been struggling in the early stages of the season. However, their recent performances have shown that they are starting to turn things around. With their star players leading the way and their mental toughness growing stronger, the Oilers are a team that could surprise many this season.