As my first official post on Oilers Jambalaya, I will discuss what all Oilers fans have been scratching their heads about since the end of November: the struggles, and why they are happening.
First of all, the struggle is obvious. Being able to finish the job. Countless times over the past few months have the Oilers had the lead (sometimes by multiple goals), or have been tied in the third period. But hey, they've got the lead, so who cares? They're just going to sit back and let the goalies do all the work because they have definitely won the game already. That is what seems to be the mentality right now. Prime examples of this were one, against the very offensive minded Washington Capitals, and two, against THE DEFENDING STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS Pittsburgh Penguins. The Oilers, if I'm not mistaken, had shut out, and shut down Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, and had a 2-0 lead up until the third period. But hey, they're going to win, because they have the lead. Except, not. They lost. And the same thing happened against PIT.
So, why is this happening? We have many excuses, with the injuries and etc. But, quite frankly, I do not know. and I don't think anyone knows for sure; heck, I don't even think the players know! But, I mean someone could assume what the problem is, they are just giving up in the third. That's it. Plain and simple. Not to mention, they haven't received the best effort in goal, IMO. Injuries are not an excuse to lose 12 games in a row. But, it depends on what you think. If any fans want to believe that injuries are the true problem to this disaster, that's fine. For all those who want answers, I guess what I am trying to say is they are few, if not none. But, if the Oilers snap this skid tonight against the Flames, their fans are going to be very angry, and that's how we like it ;)