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NHL: Edmonton Oilers is brittle in conflict with the Pacific Division


If you are looking for the autopsy of the Edmonton Oilers Cold Body during the first 20 games, here are some obvious.

– Cam Talbot lost the team's top team in the goal of Mikka Koskinen. How long, who knows?

– Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are more dangerous together on line no. 1 of the growing, they are not surprised there.

– Murder in the penal plan is still poor, leaving at least one goal in 13 of its 20 matches.

– Director General Peter Chiarelli says his defenses do not go well enough, which is quite damned.

– Winger Alek Chiasson is the top $ 650,000 buy in the league with eight goals on 19 bullets.

And the elephants in the room? Head coach Todd McLellan and Chiarella are in unpleasant hot spots. The owner of Daril Katz was not happy that he did not receive any money for the playoffs last spring and did not want to repeat it, not to mention that many companies bought luxury boxes on three-year deals and that after this season.

Oilers, losers six of the last seven games and scored 27-11 goals in those losses, are still in the playoffs at 9-10-1, three points from the third, thanks to American thanks for three days because the Pacific is either ( a) really competitive or (b) not good.

Only San Jose Sharks and Calgari Flames have more than 500 records in the Pacific.

Oilers are picked up from Vancouver for the Pacific Play and five points if you want to look at a wild card race. But if he does not win at least two out of three on this California trek through San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles, something more than Ryan Strome can happen for Ryan Strom.

Boston Bruins' attack Brad Marchand gets past Edmonton Oilers goalkeeper Cam Talbot but has come out of Darnell Nurse during his first NHL campaign at Rogers Place in Edmonton on October 18, 2018.

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The two most obvious concerns are Talbot and are split apart as the team plays. Second, they simply are not deep enough after the big guns; it's the wrong GM team that is more in charge of putting it together than with the coach.

Talbot lost five in a row while looking for his 100th victory in Oilers.

He does not give up a ton of soft goals, but the packs beat him. It has a percentage of 888 euros. He saves what he should do, but it's not enough for "wow, did you see that?".

He was not alone in the NHL, and the founders were Carey Price (.904), Matt Murrai (.877), Braden Holtby (900), Jake Allen (.890), Martin Jones (.894) and Smith (.876 ) also fought.

Talbot fully acknowledges that he does not make unexpected savings.

"They (Vegas Golden Knights) made good results, they beat me with a pair of bar, one good overlap, and the other where the dog leaves from the metal bench Matt Benning and over the shoulder," Talbot said. "Only when it was exempted, I began to make big savings on the breakavais and the 2-on-1s that I needed earlier in the game."

Edmonton Oilers goalkeeper Cam Talbot (left) and Vegas Golden Knights winner Reilly Smith are looking for a puck during the NHL action in Edmonton on November 18, 2018.

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Talbot was incredibly hot two years ago, but only last season and now lost 4-3, 4-2, 4-1, 4-1 and 6-3 in the last 5 starts. They will drive the new Koskinen because the coach is more about victories than anything else.

"Leave the six goals and we are looking for another savings here," McLellan said. "There were a few crackers we were standing on and they were fucking and they found their way. Cam is still an important part of this hockey club that goes on."

The price says his problems were "upstairs" a few weeks ago. Is that right with Talbot? "I'm trying not to let it come to me," he said.

The team is very fragile.

"I think that's fair," said Kile Brodziak. "We played a good first period (against Vegas), get a short position and changed the way we played after we were strong and aggressive. When things start on the side, we have to play the game quickly."

Cam is still an important part of this hockey club.

Todd McLellan

Does this Oilers team have an identity? They're not a hard team. They have McDavid and Draysitl, but they are an average team with two stars.

"One guy, two guys can reach the team so far," Brodziak said. "35-40 minutes until Konor and Leon are not on the ice, and whoever is there, he has to control the game and not do a good job.

"It does not matter how much skill you have, you have to play the right way, everyone on the ice must be connected to each other, it hurts us." Instead of simplifying it, we exclude ourselves, wherever we are, we should have five guys close to it. "

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