Call it karma, luck or rest, whatever it is, the Edmonton Oilers need it all right now as they exit further in the playoffs. A lot has happened in the past month and a half: injuries, players with COVID-19 protocols, sub-par goalkeepers and weak defenses. Oh, and the high-intensity offense that started that season has all but dried up.
Numerous theories and excuses were thrown out, including a member of the local media who wondered if the team had seasonal affective disorder. It’s easy to point with your fingers.Social media has been calling for head coaches Dave Tippet and general manager Ken Holland Expelled. As the losses mounted, the sharp edges kept coming, and what once seemed a promising season quickly unraveled. So, how did the Oilers turn the season around?
Oilers need a healthy team
With the latest injury news Mike Smith He has a broken thumb and will likely be out for at least a week, with the Oilers losing to Mikko Koskinen in their latest practice. The group called on Skinner to join the team in time for the next game against the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 15. The Oilers can’t use the pandemic as an excuse for their downturn, as every other team in the league faces the same challenges, but the team’s chemistry has been tested, not only because of key injuries, but also because of those COVID- 19 players who tested positive.
However, they can hope the team remains healthy between now and the end of the year. Currently, the Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Chris Russell are out with injuries until at least January 18, while the 7-man Covid-19 pandemic is out until January 15.Meanwhile, goalkeeper Alex Starlock and the right winger are expected to Josh Archibald, can begin recovery after suffering long-term health problems caused by COVID-19.
Starlock and Archibald have been sidelined all season, so even a return of one of them could help the Oilers. And then there’s Dylan Holloway. The promising young forward is undergoing wrist surgery that will keep him out for the 2021-22 season.Just as he was cleared to practice and assigned to Bakersfield, he was Put in a COVID-19 Protocol. This kid could use some good luck.
The Netherlands needs to make an informed decision
Dutch Latest Press Conference January 11 was like a Seinfeld episode; it was a meeting with nothing to do. Oilers media came looking for earth-shattering news and left disappointed. You can’t really blame Holland for not showing his hand to the world, because if something good comes along, it will further reduce any chance of taking advantage of the trade. His first priority should be to solidify the Oilers’ goalie situation.
With the news of Smith’s injury, Skinner’s recall from Bakersfield and Starlock’s possible rehab assignment on the farm, you have to wonder when the goalie’s musical chair will stop.Based on Mikko Koskinen’s inconsistent play and His comments on the lack of support, When Smith returns, he could be an oddball, especially if Skinner continues his strong showing.
Most Oilers fans would love to see a Skinner-Smith tandem for the rest of the season, but love it or hate it, it’s Holland and Tippett’s decision. If Starlock rescinds his waiver and shows promise when he returns to Bakersfield, could he be part of the solution? That’s why Holland is being paid big, but he has to make smart decisions and hope for some luck in terms of injuries.
In his recent media interview, Holland also let people know that the answer to the team’s success lies within the organization. He appears to have reversed his stance earlier this season, when he mentioned that he could give up draft picks and prospects for immediate help. All that was off the table when Holland and assistant general manager Keith Gretzky reviewed the team in late January. The only problem with the long-term assessment is that they can let another promising season slip away, and the team can’t afford it right now.
Is Evan de Kane worth pursuing?
It may have something to do with the unfortunate oil people.although Evander Kane skills Can help the team, and his on-ice antics make him an enigma, wrapped in an enigma, an enigma. For him, one has to hope that he personally has hit rock bottom and is seeking redemption. If that’s the case, maybe the Oilers should sign him if he’s interested. However, if Kane continues to alienate his team-mates and shows no remorse for his actions off the pitch, then it is better to move on.
Oilers need to create their own luck
The 2021-22 NHL season has been one of the most promising and frustrating in franchise history. It’s a two-season story, and the final scene hasn’t been played yet. The Oilers have the talent to make the playoffs and even make some noise, but can they do it? This is where the rubber needs to hit the road, and if the team can go on a winning streak, they might be able to carry that positive momentum into the late spring.
The answer lies there, at least that’s what Hollander says. If Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Darnell Nurse and company can overcome the adversity the team is facing, maybe they can turn things around. Maybe all the Oilers need now is some good luck.
D. Edward Bochon covers the Edmonton Oilers. His background is in marketing writing, having worked with the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton FC (now known as the Elks) and the NLL’s Edmonton Rush.