For a while there, it seemed as if the Edmonton Oilers had righted the ship. After starting the season with five straight defeats, they rattled off four straight wins, outscoring their opponents by a combined 15-7.
Cue the big sigh. Because the Oilers have since lost four straight, by a combined scored of 16-6.
Last night in Boston, the Oilers held a 2-1 lead over the Bruins before — yep, go ahead and sigh again — surrendering four straight goals in the latter half of the third period and losing 5-2.
“We played our game, we were feeling pretty good. Everything was fine,” forward Nail Yakupov said. “Then they scored two goals and just kind of broke us down. That’s the thing, you have to play all 60 minutes and we couldn’t handle it. They played like Boston.”
Tonight in Buffalo, the Oilers will be hoping the Sabres play like, well, the Sabres, because a loss to the worst team in the NHL won’t do anything to quell the speculation that a big trade, or even another coaching change, could be on the horizon.
Here’s audio of TSN’s Bob McKenzie suggesting a “significant trade” would likely come before the Oilers fire Dallas Eakins.