File this under I guess everyone is an expert...... I am gonna take a crack at dissecting what is IMHO wrong with the Oilers this season.
They were the darling pick to run over the Western conference, to bury Calgary somewhere in Alberta, to make the California teams sink into the ocean, to make the Hawks look like Doves, to make St. Louis sing the Blues, to catch the Predators, okay enough of that you get it. Last year was their coming out party, this year was to be the season the
Pretty good assessment...however, I can't agree with all of it.
Did the team "decide" not to play D?
I don't believe as a team they all decided to piss off McClellan and say, "Screw the defensive side...leave Talbot on his own".
Young guys pressing too hard, making mental errors.....vets not doing their jobs to stabilize things and keep things on an even keel (looking at YOU, Lucic, Letestu, and Russell).... they push for the goals when they shouldn't, maybe defer to McDavi
Draisaitl is mostly centering his own line and has 52 points in 54 games. It's tough to see him as a problem.
-Really watch the Oilers blueliners if you get a chance. For whatever reason, they're not able to complete simple passes, and wingers/centres are consistently being missed or the pass is intercepted by opposing player. This is a constant theme. These are simple play, but it becomes death by a thousand cuts. Kills both your defense and offense.
-Milan Lucic is REALLY stru
Wow. I guess I'm pretty old school and feel something like that should not go unanswered. There has to be some level of standing up for your teammates if you expect to go to war together some day and expect to not get slaughtered.
OMG that is bad! He should be hung up by the short and curlies for that!
Extremely dangerous spot, 3 feet from the boards, on the lower back like that. The only worse play in hockey is the slew foot.
Throw the book at that POS!