Is this a bounce back year for Edmonton

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  1. talitintti

    talitintti Registered User

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    Edmonton has had the toughest strength of schedule in the NHL so far and they have a winning record. The team has looked good in the last few games.

    Is this a bounce back year and will last year prove to be just a fluke?
     
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    As an Oilers fan, I can assuredly say...maybe.
     
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    Do you mean in the context of a superball dropped from the 10th floor of a building, just falling down for those ten floors before bouncing upwards one floor only to be caught in a flower pot on the second floor? Are you wondering someone If dug out some of the weeds and removed the superball from the flower pot and threw it over the railing again? Maybe, but whoever did it might have thrown it so it ends up in a wheelbarrow
     
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    I hope so. It is too early to say right now. The team has gotten better with every game, though.
     
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    Im that they become mediocre instead of the worst? Yea, probably.
     
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    Their schedule has definitively been stupidly difficult and it does seem like they are finally getting some secondary scoring the last few games. Going to need that (and the other usual stuff in hockey) to continue to have any hope at the playoffs.
     
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    Time for Edmonton to flip the coin this season.
     
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    They are not as bad team as last season showed.
    They are not as good team as 2016-17 showed.
     
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    I can now guarantee 100% they will make the playoffs. Mark my words. Not a joke.
     
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    Too early. It's too early to say that for any team in the NHL right now. I'd say the 30 game mark is a good indication of what teams have turned it around

    But as an Oilers fan, having one of the toughest schedules to start the season was the best thing that happened to them
     
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    What the... lol
     
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    I mean, the only real competition they have in the division is San Jose and Calgary.

    Even with their putrid start if they don't make the playoffs... I guess they'll just have to try again next year...
     
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    My experience with bad teams is that surprisingly they play well against good ones. The issue is always that they never beat the teams they should and find ways to squeak out wins when they should lose on paper sometimes.

    However they are very lucky to play in the worst division in the league which means they might be able to stumble into a playoff spot somehow.

    However I am no convinced that means they are good. They are still very much the Edmonton McDavid's and they need Talbot to stay steady to win (he bailed out their defense a lot the last few games)
     
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    CallArnoldSlick Overreacting in October

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    I think last year was kind of a fluke. McDavid is too good for his club to miss the playoffs year after year.

    I'm not sold on them being Cup contenders yet by any means, but they're good enough to make the playoffs.
     
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    We’re slowly improving, we still need someone outside of McDavid, Drai and Hopkins to start putting up points (outside of Chiasson lol).
     
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    I’ve been saying last year was very unlucky for the Oilers and they would bounce back to make the playoffs.

    Doesn’t mean the team does not have flaws, they definitely do.

    If they can finish above .500 for this month, I think they have a good chance.
     
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    Tender Rip Well balanced genius. Like, really smart.

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    Edmonton are going to be top three in that division.
     
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    My experience with bad teams is that they are bad. Bad teams beating good ones and losing to worse teams is mumbo jumbo.

    What is this Pacific is the worst division nonsense?
     
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    As a leafs fan I can assuredly say....great Av
     
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    To early to say but not much competition in that division I am expecting them to make the playoffs.
     
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    Predictable, and incorrect.
     
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    The Oilers record in 2017 made them look better than they were -- they had a huge surge at the very start and very end of the season that inflated their record.

    Conversely, their record last year made them look worse than they were, largely thanks to the first six weeks of the season, which was a train wreck. (After that, they were more or less a .500 team.)

    Thus the 'true' team performance lies somewhere between those two extremes. Since their division is a bit weak this year, they have a very good chance of returning to the playoffs.
     
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    This is how I can tell you didn't watch the games and are just saying random things.

    Talbot was good against the Capitals. Holtby had to make more big saves though. That game was a great defensive effort by the team.

    Talbot was subpar against the Penguins. The Oilers probably should have won that one in regulation.

    Talbot's only great game thus far has been against the Rangers.
     
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    Well I watched the Pens game and I think "thank god the Pacific stinks so they may have a chance", then I watch the Capitals game and I think, "maybe they are better than they showed in the Pens game". :laugh:
     
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