The Edmonton Oilers found themselves on the wrong side of a 4–1 scoreline against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Oilers, considered Stanley Cup contenders, are still searching for their groove—winning just one of their first four games.
The Oilers’ slow start to the season is starting to be an issue. It’s one thing to start a season 1–3–0. It’s another to have three losses come twice from the Vancouver Canucks and once from the Flyers. Coach Jay Woodcroft expressed his disappointment with the team’s work ethic and urgency, pointing out a lack of second and third efforts throughout the lineup.
Edmonton’s offence—typically high-powered—was stifled by the Flyers, who blocked 19 shots. They limited the Oilers to only 23 shots on goal, of which only four came in the third period. In a game where Edmonton trailed 3–1 after two periods and then 4–1 early in the third, this kind of performance was gutting. This was just not a typical game of efficiency and high-danger pressure the Oilers should otherwise be capable of.
Charts from the setback are below.
|Joel Farabee||Bobby Brink, Travis Sanheim||15:50 | 1st||EDM 0 – 1 PHI|
|Cam Atkinson||Owen Tippett||03:54 | 2nd||EDM 0 – 2 PHI|
|Zach Hyman||Cody Ceci, Connor McDavid||15:23 | 2nd||EDM 1 – 2 PHI|
|Sean Walker (SHG)||Sean Couturier||18:29 | 2nd||EDM 1 – 3 PHI|
|Cam Atkinson||Owen Tippett, Sean Couturier||04:17 | 3rd||EDM 1 – 4 PHI|
All situations Corsi
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