The Edmonton Oilers fell to two games below .500 following a 3-2 loss to one of the elite teams in the National Hockey League on Monday night at Rexall Place.
Let’s face it folks. The Red Wings had one key element that the Oilers lacked on Monday– that was simply a key ingredient of an experience to win, an intangible the Oilers significantly lack.
One could argue that finding the right ingredients to beat the big boys in the West (Chicago, Vancouver, Detroit) will take time. But I don’t blame Oilers fans for their lack of patience.
Monday night with the game tied at 2, Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom used his experience and got the puck to the net from the point. This time his shot was extremely accurate, was tipped by Drew Miller and put the Red Wings up for good.
One could argue that the Oilers had a great chance to tie the game at 3 when Niklas Kronwall shot the puck over the glass with 3:02 left, but it was the Red Wings that showed significant more poise than the Oilers as Edmonton’s power play was extremely disorganized in the final minutes.
With the loss, Edmonton falls to 14-16-3, and are six points back of the San Jose Sharks for a playoff spot. They next play Minnesota on Thursday.