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Winning streak rejuvenates Oilers’ spirits

Nov 23, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

Edmonton Oilers' Andrew Ference (21), goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) and Jeff Petry (2) celebrate the 7 to 0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets during NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson) AP

For the first time this season, the Edmonton Oilers seem to be crushing their competition. They’ve won three straight games by a combined score of 15-3.

After everything they’ve been through, that stretch seems to have given them a much needed morale boost.

“It’s a different feeling around here now. It feels like it should,” goaltender Devan Dubnyk said, according to the Edmonton Journal.

“This is how it’s supposed to feel. It’s how everyone in here expects to feel.”

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins noted that his players seem to have more confidence now. He also believes they’re buying into his system now, which captain Andrew Ference thinks becomes easier after getting evidence of its effectiveness through a winning streak.

That’s all great news for the Oilers, but of course they’re far from out of the woods. Their 7-15-2 record remains one of the worst in the league and the three teams they dominated — Calgary, Columbus, and Florida — have also gotten off to poor starts.

Edmonton will face a much greater test on Monday when the team plays against the Chicago Blackhawks.

  1. nyeagles10 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    too talented to be in the last place.. keep it up

  2. csilojohnson - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Reality check maybe…

  3. LampyB - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    So much talent, glad to see they’ve won a few. I want to see them continue to compete. When firing on all cylinders they could be an offensive power house scoring some big goals.

  4. jpelle82 - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    they’re so damn fast and skilled, it defies logic that they dont score 5 goals a game. seems like they just use the neutral zone for a runway, they can flat out fly. if only they could figure out a way to make that work in reverse…

    • thailer35 - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Someone else said this earlier in the year, but the Oilers have a lot of the same type of player, the highly skilled young forward. The fact that the Oilers aren’t succeeding is what is great about hockey: it takes a team of guys filling different roles to be successful, not just a bunch of young talent.

  5. jhaegs - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Reality check, or statement game? I guess we’ll see… ;)

  6. jhaegs - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    They’ve won a few games against bad teams recently. Looks like they’ll meet the Flyers in the playoffs!

    • mcphillthy - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      We can only hope.

  7. ray2013 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Hmm. Improve on the league’s worst sv%, and all of a sudden they start winning. Keep it up. You won’t make the playoffs, but at least you can build on your record.

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