It’s not over, but it’s definitely not good for Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers, with all their stars, in all their depth, with all of their regular season wins, stats and accomplishments, are hanging by a thread, one loss away from knocking out the playoffs again in the first round.

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LOS ANGELES – That’s bad.

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It is almost impossible to understand.

The Edmonton Oilers, with all their stars, in all their depth, with all of their regular season wins, stats and accomplishments, are hanging by a thread, one loss short of knocking out the playoffs again in the first round.

The team that seemed unbeatable in the long run, tempered itself with tough wins, structurally sound, playoff style, the team that advanced 2-1 in a series by destroying the Los Angeles Kings 6-0, 8-2, simply withered its way To the brink of exclusion when the kings retreated.

“We need to accept that and take this adversity head on,” Ryan Nugent Hopkins said as the Oilers emerged from a brief team meeting at their Los Angeles hotel. “At the end of the day, we need to win two games in a row and we have done that many times this year. That should be how we think now.”

After trailing 3-2 with Game 6 in hostile territory on Thursday, the Oilers either turn the table against the team that has been working out of their range or pack their bags and wait until next year.

It’s not going to be easy, but I think the players have done a good job of understanding he’s dying or dying and we need to give our best,” said Nugent Hopkins.

no excuses. This is part of a hockey game. You will go through an ordeal. There are no easy games or easy series.”

It is almost impossible to understand that they are in this position, except that these are the playoffs, and these are the Oilers, so everything is understandable. After going 0-2 in elimination matches over the last two seasons, this group needs to prove they can handle the deep waters of May.

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“You definitely learn from experiences like this in the past,” Nugent Hopkins said. “The group has gone through a few of them now. We know we need to go out there and play with that desperation, but at the same time, we stay inside ourselves and don’t come out of our structure. Where we have had success this season is to follow our structure.”

Over 100 years of NHL history says there is now an 80 percent chance that the Oilers will miss the series. These are the numbers for the team that drops Game 5 in a 2-2 series.

And now, as if things weren’t bleak enough after Edmonton’s Game 5 loss at Rogers Place, they won’t have the Darnell Nurse in the most important game of the season.

His one-game suspension for head-butting Philip Danault is a microcosm of Edmonton’s frustration, the lack of composure at ill-timed endangering his team’s entire season more than it already has.

“It’s a huge loss for us,” defense partner Cody Cisse said. “He plays big minutes and has been a great leader for us both on and off the ice.”

How serious is this in the cost of oil?

“I’m not disappointed at Darnell,” said coach Jay Woodcroft. “He’s playing the game aggressively. I don’t think there was any intention whatsoever. It kind of happened the way the game was being played. We accept the decision and we’ll move on.”

“We’ve taken him out before and we’ve been able to handle it. That’s what we expect to do on Thursday.”

Getting rid of everything that weighs them down in Game 4 and 5 and saving their season in Game 6 in the Arena begins with preparing to launch from the opening showdown for change.

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Being 16-5 in the first period of an indispensable home ice game is unforgivable.

“We were trying sometimes to get intimidated and left it up to chance a little bit,” Sissi said, adding that they needed to be the team setting the tone.

“We’ve shown that if we play well we can beat this team, and we
Show that we can dominate. We have to go back to the way we were playing when we were winning matches.”

The Oilers didn’t expect to stare into the abyss so early in the post-season, but here they are. Everything they’ve done all season boils down to two games – one game if they lose the first.

“We know what we can do in our group,” Nogent Hopkins said. “It’s going to take a lot of work, but we’ve been through hardship this year. We were in a tough spot in the middle of the year and we recovered and made our way to the annex area.

“We need to be able to take the experience, what we learned from that, until Thursday.”

Can they do it? Can they steal one in L.A. and make it right on the ice at home Saturday night?

Of course they can do that. They are the best team. This is the crazy part. There was no doubt that they could beat the Los Angeles Kings. They just didn’t stick to the end of the deal.

The question is do they have the will and discipline to stand up and save the season?

we will see. The team that has spoken all year about their poise, flexibility and composure should start showing that now.


On Twitter: @Rob_Tychkowski


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