Close your eyes and remember the last time the Edmonton Oilers were good. Wow, 2006. Really takes you back, doesn't it? So long ago.
Ok, it's not that long ago, but it sure as hell feels like decades since the Edmonton Oilers were anything like the team that lost the Stanley Cup in seven games to the Carolina Hurricanes. Since that season they've stumbled to the bottom of the Western Conference and the entire league, amassing top flight draft picks such as Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Nail "I get benched sometimes and I don't know why" Yakupov. They also snagged former first rounder David Perron over the summer, and poached Justin Schultz away from the Anaheim Ducks.
And yet somehow they have no defense. They have defensemen, obviously. They also have goaltenders Ilya Bryzgalov and Devan Dubnyk, who get absolutely no support whatsoever. They defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night by a score of 5-3, but before that came a 5-2 loss to the Ducks, a 5-1 loss to the Sharks (we feel you, bros), a 4-3 OTL to Phoenix and a 4-3 OTL to Philadelphia which included a spectacular blown lead.
The last time the Blues visited Oil Country, they skipped away with a 6-0 beatdown win, in which the Blues played all three periods and never took their foot off of the gas. How 'bout that?
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