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Edmonton Oilers: Violent Fall in the Standings Causes Panic

Eric LaForgeCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2010

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 02: Jamie McGinn #64 and Jed Ortmeyer #41 of the San Jose Sharks celebrate after McGinn scored a goal in the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at HP Pavilion on January 2, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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They are currently the coldest team in the NHL, losing nine of their last ten games. That includes a seven game losing streak that ended just last Wednesday.

Why wouldn't a fall into last place create panic on a team?

It seems like everything has been going wrong for the Edmonton Oilers. Some games, they can't put the puck in the net, and others they can't keep it out.

They have been consistently slapped in the face by their opponents, including a 7-2 defeat to the St. Louis Blues, a team that has only one more victory than the Oilers this season.

Saturday night's game against San Jose was only a little less embarrassing. I thought  the Oilers only competed for about ten minutes. When the Sharks started scoring goals, I felt like they just stopped playing.

They started going for respect in other ways. Take the fight between Jason Strudwick and Ryane Clowe for example. The Oilers stopped caring about the game and tried to gain respect by fighting the best team in the NHL.

However, I didn't think there was much effort after that. It looked like they were trying to make hits, and not play hockey. That's how San Jose was able to score their fourth goal, the Oilers left an entire side of the rink open.

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This team's confidence is the lowest it's been for the entire season. Until that improves, this violent losing spree they're on isn't going to stop.

See more of my opinions at Tips for Hockey.

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