Edmonton – For Edmonton hockey writer, Adam Larsson is nothing less than stand-up, go-to guy in times like these. And in & # 39; these parts, like clock work, as it tends to come a time.
Dropped only 3-0 11:02 into the game, and found 5-1 before the brand & # 39; 25 minutes, the Edmonton Oilers had just lost an average of 7-4 Eastern Conference team – home – f & # 39; a game that was featured 35 minutes of garbage time.
All this after losing the night & # 39; prior to Calgary, type & # 39; game to cause a fire under a team. Rather, their estew.
"How this happens?" we pray to Larsson.
"I can not even look at the team game now," he said. "I have my own game to focus on. It is so bad now. I have niffissa that first, before I look to the left or right."
Like many players & # 39; bad Oilers on this roster, limited, Larsson was asked to play more minutes evening against tougher competition that & # 39; likely had to face. And when Oscar Klefbom had a partner, are abolished, often enough.
But with Klefbom injured by 13 & # 39; December, the game & # 39; Larsson deteriorated, tangible evidence of & # 39; low roster can not handle any damage. As poorly built house, one beam changed the whole thing comes on itself.
"I'm passive, not being niċċekkja … Nothing m & # 39; is going. It does not issue an it. I'm not even close now," complained Larsson, back-to-back after missing Tuesday releases this weekend. "This is bad as it was. It's bad as it will be."
His head coach, Ken Hitchcock, can not agree.
"I think it was just going," said Hitchcock of & # 39; Larsson. "You know, we had a good pair. And one part of the pair has gone missing, and there is much hesitation b & # 39; Lars. There are many hesitations b & # 39; most (difensemen).
"We we do not transform the mold. We are doing as slow, very methodical. When not transfer the puck, you're not good to play a five to five."
In 14 matches from 20 December, the Oilers generated 522 attempted five five five. This is the worst in the NHL.
They have been outshot in 17 of last 20 games.
In what has become an annual exercise here, players of the Oilers taking the appearance & # 39; group realizes that has fatal flaws. Jesse Puljujarvi is deployed on the top line with MCDAVID Connor and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and the trio are on two goals inside 12 minutes on Sunday evening.
Not only because young people can not play Puljujarvi NHL game at any place close to the level of MCDAVID, but because MCDAVID offered one more death periods of the season. Perhaps an answer to find baby sit & # 39; to & # 39; the AHL player? Who knows.
They play with MCDAVID & # 39; Jujhar Khaira one night, next Puljujarvi, and then replace the Finnish great b & # 39; other & # 39 age; 20 years old & # 39; Kailer Yamamoto. All because the lineup of GM Peter Chiarelli is so thin, can not afford to develop those 20 years in the AHL slow if other clubs.
"The game of & # 39; five for five is not good enough. It is not close (the required level) to succeed in the National Hockey League," said Hitchcock. "We nċedu too & # 39; quality chances, too many pucks to us again.
"The game & # 39; Our transition is so slow now, so deliberate. We pay for it all the time."
It was the course of the road, in fact, during the 25 minutes that the game was actually being affected by Hurricanes. It was one team b & # 39; fire, desire and performance against another who is playing like knowing that the end is near. As if on CU ..
Hitchcock can not tell the media m & # 39; has enough good players to win them, and likes to say that all things are fixed. But the players are tell, again another & # 39; this season, x & # 39; think about their chances.
And the coach, one of the best in the business came on board when soared another coach who was one of the best in the business, is beginning to draw things here as well.
"We are a team & # 39; .500 because we Setting the problem and come back, and Setting the problem and come back," said Hitchcock.
You're saying you're starting to feel like Groundhog Day?