Edmonton Oilers Have Big Hole To Dig Out Of After Hitting Rock-Bottom

By Rick LaFitte
Jason LaBarbera
Perry Nelson USA TODAY Sports

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Edmonton Oilers in this 2013-14 NHL season, it does.

The Oilers saw their most recent homestand wrap up with back-to-back shutout losses. They turned in a dismal performance in a 5-0 loss against the Detroit Red Wings. The Oilers have now been outscored 9-0 in their last two games, and are winless in five. It’s probably a good time for them to be hitting the road for their next four contests.

The heat is becoming an inferno for first-year head coach Dallas Eakins, who doesn’t appear to have any answers for a season that is on the verge of spiraling out of control. His comments after the latest loss of a group lacking confidence isn’t likely to raise many hopes of turning things around.

The Oilers are in a tiresome, familiar territory for the organization and their fans. It’s been a rough last few seasons, and they currently reside in the basement of the Western Conference standings at 3-10-2. That woeful record has them digging a severe hole in the extremely tough Pacific division. While the Oilers are dealing with a number of injuries, most notably to Taylor Hall, defenseman Ladislav Smid says that can’t be used as an excuse for the latest poor performance.

Since a road victory over the Montreal Canadiens, they are winless and the offense has produced a mere six goals during the five-game skid. The indignity of being blanked in back-to-back contests before their die-hard fans is another reason why many suspect that the winds of change could be coming soon.

The Oilers have netted just 36 goals in 15 games this season while allowing a whopping 59 against. The goaltending situation remains in flux as Devan Dubnyk has recently been dealing with an ankle injury. He’s struggled so far this season with a 4.01 GAA, but is ready to return. Recently-recalled Richard Bachman was hurt in the Detroit game, which left Jason LaBarbera to step in and finish up.

We’re not even a quarter of the way into the season, but the Oilers need to find a way to work their way out of this current funk, or the campaign may be lost before it even got a chance to get rolling.

Rick LaFitte is an NHL Writer for Rant Sports

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