Waking up with the Edmonton Oilers: Rough Weekend For Oilers A Cause For Concern?

After the Oilers go 0-2 this weekend, is it time for fans to be worried?

Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29)
Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) / Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Edmonton Oilers, a team with high hopes and even higher expectations, faced a challenging weekend on the ice, prompting questions about their consistency and resilience. With back-to-back games against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators this past weekend, the Oilers found themselves grappling with issues that have plagued them throughout the season.

Saturday's matchup against the Maple Leafs painted a grim picture for the Oilers early on. Down 5-0 heading into the third period, it seemed like all hope was lost. However, a spirited comeback attempt saw them net three goals before the final buzzer, salvaging some dignity but ultimately falling short with a 6-3 loss as Toronto added an empty net goal. The inability to mount a strong start and the defensive lapses that allowed the Maple Leafs to build a substantial lead raised concerns among fans and analysts alike.

Sunday brought little relief for the Oilers as they faced off against the Ottawa Senators. Despite taking an early two-goal lead in the second period, they faltered once again, allowing the Senators to score three consecutive goals before succumbing to a 5-3 defeat. One glaring issue that emerged from this game was the Oilers' penalty kill, which struggled to contain the Senators' power play, conceding three goals on four opportunities. Such lapses in discipline and execution highlight areas in need of urgent improvement if the Oilers aim to compete at the highest level.

Amidst the disappointment and frustration, one bright spot emerged for the Oilers in the form of Zach Hyman. The forward showcased his scoring prowess by finding the back of the net in both games over the weekend, bringing his season total to an impressive 50 goals. Hyman's contributions serve as a reminder of the individual talent within the Oilers' roster but also underscore the need for greater collective effort and consistency.

The reason why this weekend was so frustrating for Oilers fans is the fact that we have seen this team play at a very high level lately. For them to play two back-to-back poor performances puts a shade of doubt in our minds as fans but likely the players in that locker room.

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Things aren't getting any easier for the Oilers this week either as they face one of the best teams in the NHL tomorrow in the Winnipeg Jets. After that on Thursday, they host the Los Angeles Kings, a team that is hoping to catch the Oilers in the standings. If the Oilers want to push away the doubts they will need to play two solid games and get two wins this week.