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Oilers’ Hall: ‘I don’t sense confidence from the team right now’

Mar 7, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

Taylor Hall AP

Mired in a three-game losing streak and sitting 13th overall in the Western Conference, the Edmonton Oilers are a fragile group at the moment.

Just ask Taylor Hall.

“I don’t sense confidence from the team right now,” Hall told the Edmonton Journal following Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout loss in Columbus. “It’s hard to have it when you haven’t been stringing together wins.”

Examples of Edmonton lacking confidence are all over the place — here’s more, from the Journal:

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk has one win in his last seven games and has been on the hook for two or more goals in six of those outings.

The Oilers power play is running at zero for the last three games and they are still waiting for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to find his touch again. He has just one goal in 21 games.

As a team, the Oilers are giving up a league-high average of 34 shots a game and producing a substandard average of 2.36 goals a game.

The next two weeks should prove crucial for the Oilers.

They have four more games left on their season high nine-game road trip — tonight in Detroit, Friday in Nashville, Sunday in Chicago and Tuesday in Colorado — before returning to Rexall for a four-game homestand.

If Edmonton can stay alive in the playoff picture ’til April, they’ll have a chance to make up some ground late in the season.

The Oilers play seven of their final nine games at home, five of which come against Northwest Division opponents.

  1. kopy - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Well, it’s going to be even harder to make up ground in the division and conference if Hall keeps sitting out games against the Wild.

  2. esracerx46 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    With the First pick in the 2013 NHL Draft the Edmonton Oilers select Seth Jones…..How in the hell does Steve Tambellini STILL have a job?

    • hanktheking - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      You really can’t blame Steve Tambellini. He was handed 3 #1 selections and took 3 players that you, I, or anyone else would’ve taken with those picks. They simply aren’t producing goals. He may have been too conservative on hiring Ralph Kruger to coach and hasn’t been aggressive in acquiring a true #1 goalie, but the stats say that the oilers play poor defence and can’t score, so lets blame the kids who were all apparently the next big thing.

      Also, if Scott Howson can last as long as he did in Columbus, Tambellini deserves about 10 more years in Edmonton.

      • 19to77 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Actually, I’d have taken Seguin, RNH and Galchenyuk. Seguin > Hall because a centre’s more valuable than a winger when the talent projection is roughly equal, and Galchenyuk because a big, skilled guy who can pass, score, backcheck and take faceoffs is a sure bet for success and a small, one-way scoring winger may take a long time to develop. I’d also have taken Murray sooner, given the state of the Oilers’ D at the time.

        Hindsight in mind I’d take Landeskog over RNH too, but that’s not what I was saying back then so it doesn’t count for much.

        All in all, Tambellini picked a bunch of small one-way scorers when he should have been drafting with a more balanced approach.

      • elvispocomo - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        @19to77: I would have done Seguin, Landeskog and then traded down in the draft a few spots to look at one of the top D-men available. If they wanted to develop a D-man earlier (which has been their main issue) then looking at Larsson or trading down for Hamilton instead of RNH might have been a good move as well, then still drafting Yakupov this year.

        You can’t fault them for what they did, and hindsight is 20/20, but those would have been my choices based on what I knew at the time, versus what I know now.

  3. wayoffpiste - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Says the guy who doesn’t have the seeds to play Minnesota. What injury will you have on 4/16 when we play again? Man up.

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