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Oilers hit franchise low after shutout loss to Stars

Nov 14, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

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It keeps getting worse for the Edmonton Oilers.

On Wednesday, the Oilers were shut out on home ice by the Dallas Stars, losing 3-0 after giving up two goals in the final minute of regulation.

That makes it three straight games on home ice in which the Oilers have been blanked on the scoreboard.

According to TSN play-by-play man Gord Miller, it is the first time in Oilers franchise history this has happened.

Needing a goal against the Stars, the Oilers conjured seven shots on goal in the third period.

Their last goal on home ice: Oct. 24 against the Washington Capitals. You may be hard-pressed to remember who scored for Edmonton in that game. It was Justin Schultz, with 2:04 remaining in the third period.

Oh, but there’s more.

In seven home games, the Oilers have just one victory. Through 20 games overall, they have a 4-14-2 record.

  1. esracerx46 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    That’s a big pile of suck.

  2. gbfb88 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    “just won victory”

    • accipiterq - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Freudian slip

  3. 19to77 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    So, who wants Sam Reinhart more – Edmonton, or Buffalo?

  4. metalization1 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    How many first round draft picks do they need before they can actually win a game?

    • martysbetter - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      *first overall draft picks

      • selldannysell - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        I think you were right the first time.

  5. stepanup - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    The comparison to the Avalanche is just laughable now. Both teams bottomed out and had high draft picks, the only difference is one organization knew how to rebuild and the other doesn’t. The Avs hit on their high skill guy in Duchene, then hit on their young two-way star in O’Reilly. They needed young character and grit so they hit on Landeskog to fill that role. They had one more bad season last year, but the pieces were in place. Their success this season isn’t (imo) because they got MacKinnon in the last draft, but because they built their team the right way top to bottom, then added the right coach.

    Edmonton just drafts soft high skill guys who are all the same type of player, just at different positions. That’s why hockey is great, you need players that fit every mold to be successful.

    • withseidelinn - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Fully agree with your last point re: the soft skill guys. I think Justin Schultz is a good example of a player with a lot of potential, but not someone the Oilers need. They really put themselves in a bind with the contract to RNH. No way he would have demanded $6mil after his entry level expired this summer. They probably could have gotten away with less for Hall and Eberle as well. Not by much, but probably in the 4-5.5 range. In this era, an extra 500k can go a long ways with the cap.

      • areaman714 - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Hey, as a Ducks fan, thanks for luring J Schultz . . . he should just move to wing as he seems disinterested in playing defense. Was initially irate that he blew the Ducks off (who bent over backwards to sign him) . . . I am indifferent now.

  6. macjacmccoy - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Shows you how much scouts and people who rank minor league systems know. This team’s farm system (baseball term I know) has been touted as basically epic for nearly a decade. Yet they are consistently at the bottom of the league in points.

  7. darksidecowboy - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    They need to trade one of the young guns imo. Phoenix could use some offensive talent, and have plenty of defensive depth.

    • stepanup - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      This wouldn’t ever happen, but the idea of Eberle skating with Vrbata and Hanzal sounds attractive to me.

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