The Edmonton Oilers’ 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday night was one that broke the backs of many fans of the Alberta team.
Seeing him post a mediocre 5-11-1 record, good for 30th in the National Hockey League, his faithful took their anger out on general manager Ken Holland minutes after his second straight setback. Some feel that not being able to win regularly despite having two stars in their prime is unacceptable.
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“If I were the owner of the Oilers, I would be beside myself. They lose when 97 (Connor McDavid) and 29 (Leon Draisaitl) are at their peak. You can’t go lower. Five wins in 18 games. Ken Holland should be fired. Connor Brown has no points in 18 games. We have no support in attack. We don’t have a #1 goaltender. Poor!!!,” exclaimed @97OrangeCrush29 on the X platform.
Others are irritated by the 68-year-old’s inactivity so far while his team is losing less.
“Ken Holland has to make a trade tomorrow or leave his position. Either one or the other! Do your job!” @OilersJohn wrote.
Looking for solutions
Following the November 12th firing of head coach Jay Woodcroft, who was replaced by Kris Knoblauch, things initially seemed to be back on track for the team, posting back-to-back home wins against the New York Islanders and Seattle Kraken.
Edmonton, however, blew leads of more than one goal in each of the next two games to eventually lose in regulation.
“(We lack) confidence,” the new driver stressed in a press conference after Monday’s clash. We have to play the right way and not try to cheat. When we were leading 2:0, it was up to them to open the game and try to create something. We should have been able to take advantage of these openings, but instead we were the ones creating scoring chances.”
The club from Alberta has a lot of difficulties in its zone. He allowed as many as 66 goals in 17 games, tied for 26th on the Bettman Circle with the Montreal Canadiens.
“Obviously we’re trying to keep the puck out of our net,” McDavid told reporters. That’s our main goal, but we haven’t been able to get there.”
The Oilers will continue their road trip with a visit to the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.