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G72: Oilers vs Coyotes - Focus on What Matters

March 22, 2023, 10:24 PM ET [1 Comments]
Sean Maloughney
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Six of the Oilers remaining games this season are against the Coyotes, Sharks, and Ducks. Three teams that sit near the bottom of the NHL. Edmonton should win all of those games and notch an easy 12 points. That may not happen and they may falter as they almost did against the Sharks on Monday but what is more important is ensuring they are playing their systems and also to keep healthy and avoid injuries.

The Edmonton Oilers are a playoff team and will be in the first round of the playoffs in a few weeks. Other teams like the Kings and Golden Knights continue to play well making it difficult for the Oilers to gain any ground. At this point it doesn't matter much where Edmonton ends up in the standings. The Oilers have the ability to play against any other team in the Western Conference and can beat any of those teams providing they play at their highest level. We need to see the Oilers highest level often through these remaining games.

Tonight is an 8:30PM local time game against the Arizona Coyotes. It certainly isn't going to be the most exciting affair but maybe fans can revel in McDavid putting up more points and come ever closer to a 150 point season; something we haven't seen in a few decades.

I give Darnell Nurse a lot of flack on here but ever since Ekholm joined the team the high paid defender has played a much better game. For right now I put more of the blame on that pairing on the play of Cody Ceci. Nurse not having to play 25+ minutes a night is a huge boost to this team.

Apologies for this much shorter blog than usual, I will update with something else in the next day or so.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the game.
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