Edmonton Oilers must warm up to recent character losses

Even though the Edmonton Oilers are a fine-tuned well-oiled machine, they did suffer from two uncharacteristic losses that will haunt them in the future. It would be trouble for the team if these same errors were to strike again.
Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid givinng the bench the traditional high five after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings.
Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid givinng the bench the traditional high five after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings. / Leila Devlin/GettyImages
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The Edmonton Oilers are still red-hot in the league, however, the two losses they suffered back to back against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators. Especially giving up leads to the Montreal Canadiens and the Winnipeg Jets. Is this team focused on the post-season?

The Vancouver Canucks are in a similar kind of slide, and the teams competing in the 2024 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are pushing their buttons to jump ahead of teams to secure a better matchup and berth in the postseason. The Western Conference is highly competitive, keeping it a mystery who will finish on top.

The Edmonton Oilers are taking advantage of the toughness it has and as a result taking careless penalties, not to mention giving up goals that could have been prevented. The team seems to be more comfortable and gives up on plays that are crucial in the game.

If I can reiterate my article from January. When the Oilers were on a super hot win streak that almost tied the NHL record for consecutive wins. They were perhaps over-exerting themselves to a point now that the team is burnt out of competition. Even though they are winning games at hand.

As a surprise factor, the team is not showing signs of fatigue, but if that is the case, the team must address this situation immediately. Considering there are a handful of games remaining in this season, and they have more games at hand than any other team except for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Another aspect to look at is the lineup formation, from what was thought, now is a question that has analysts asking, what will the line formations look like with the players? Including, how will the roster shape up for the playoffs.

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One thing for sure is that the team is dominant, but, at what level of gameplay will the fatigue kick in or the careless mistakes will the team make in the post-season? If this is solved and out of the way, then the Edmonton Oilers are back in business.

The Oilers will be competing hard, and the time now is to motivate them even more.

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