The Edmonton Oilers head coach, Ken Hitchcock, has expressed the need for his team to exert more effort to get ahead.
The Oilers needs to win in order to leave their current struggling position in the playoffs.
Hitchcock cited that the performance of his team’s members will determine how fortunate they will be in the succeeding games.
He mentioned that he certainly understands the effectiveness of his game plan. However, he said that he is well aware that what is happening is “not good enough.”
Hitchcock pointed out that the Oilers needs to look for strategies on how to resolve its latest series of losses. He relayed that, apparently, his players are currently failing expectations.
The Oilers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night at Edmonton’s Rogers Place.
The two teams are presently grappling in the play-offs, with each of them merely winning three times in their latest 10 matches.
The Oilers miraculously won against the Florida Panthers on the January 10 game, with a score of 4-3. However, on Saturday, they suffered a dramatic 3-2 upset defeat against the Arizona Coyotes.
During the first period, Oilers captain and center, Connor McDavid, contributed to the team with the 1-0 advantage. The team appeared to be in control during the initial part of the game.
However, this momentum failed to carry on as Coyotes defenseman Jordan Oesterle exhibited his scoring prowess. Furthermore, Coyotes winger Conor Garland struck two power-play goals.
One of them injured his face with the puck hitting above his left eye and another off his skates, making him qualified to receive 10 stitches.
Oilers goaltender Cameron Talbot permitted three goals on 29 shots. He apparently could not get back on track even if he was playing against an initial poor offense by the Coyotes.
Since posting a shutout against the Anaheim Ducks, 0-4s on January 7th game, Talbot has produced 10 goals in the past three matches.
Apparently, his play has been quite dispiriting. This play-offs season, Talbot has posted a 9-13-2 record, a 0.896 save percentage, and 3.17 Goals against Average (GAA).
Hockey spectators on Saturday’s match can attest that the performance of the Oilers certainly needs to be improved.
Since the New Year ushered in, besides the games against the Florida Panthers and the Anaheim Ducks, the other victory that the Oilers had was on their January 3rd game.
With a final score of 3-1, they defeated the Coyotes, which marks one of the three wins out of the seven matches they played since January 1st.