The Edmonton Oilers sit dead last in the Western Conference and already know that they have no shot at making the playoffs. However, do not let that fool you. They have won four out of their last five games, and ever since the Oilers acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings, they have finally been getting solid goaltending. The Oilers have so many young talented forwards like Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and more that make them such a lethal offense now and for years to come. The reason why the Oilers are doing so bad this season is because of the play of their defensemen, or lack thereof.
So with the way the New York Rangers have been playing as of late they should be able to beat the Oilers on home ice, wouldn’t you think?
Unfortunately for the Rangers this was not the case.
The Rangers should have won but instead they fell straight into the trap. With the Pittsburgh Penguins coming up tonight, the Rangers looked past the Oilers and did not bring their “A”-game, resulting in a poorly played 2-1 loss in regulation at the hands of the worst team in the Western Conference.
Now like I said before, the Oilers have been playing better as of late but they did nothing special in this game to warrant them a win at Madison Square Garden. A regulation win, at that. It was more of the Rangers not giving that extra effort and attention to a team that could sneak up on you and steal a win, thus making last night’s game the quintessential trap game for the Rangers.
Derek Stepan, Rick Nash, and Brad Richards were just some of the Rangers’ top players who were invisible last night against the Oilers, which I hope means they will be outstanding tonight against the Penguins. Regardless, last night’s loss to the Oilers at home was just inexcusable for a Rangers’ team that is trying to hold onto a playoff spot, knowing that every point counts.