Yes, it indeed looks like the Edmonton Oilers are starting to face some serious adversity in 2016-17.
By falling 4-1 to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, the Oilers have now lost four games in a row, all in regulation. They’re also 2-6-1 in their last nine contests after beginning the season 7-1-0.
There is some good news.
Even with this loss dropping them to 9-7-1, they’re tied with the Ducks for first in the Pacific with 19 standings points.
They’re also generally being positive to the press, backing up the numbers (including Tuesday’s 35-27 shots on goal advantage).
It’s key for Edmonton to keep such a calm demeanor going through what could be a harrowing stretch. They just began a three-game road trip against the Ducks, Kings and Stars. They face five of their next six games on the road.
Their power play has come up dry lately, failing to connect on their last 11 opportunities.
In the past, the Oilers have cratered under pressures like these. It’s a positive sign that they’re not pointing fingers – at least in the press – but it doesn’t erase the notion that there’s a tough road ahead.