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It’s hard to make up ground on the field when you are tied to an anchor.

And that anchor is tied to an anvil.

That was the problem for an Edmonton Oilers team that simply couldn’t keep pace this season while dragging the dead weight of its power play and penalty kill.

In the end https://www.edmoilersfans.com/ryan-nugenthopkins-jersey-c-15.html, the only things more disappointing than the 23rd place Oilers this season were their special teams.

The power play finished 31st in the league at 14.8 per cent.


The penalty killing finished 25th at 76.7 per cent.

“It would have helped us immensely to be strong in both areas https://www.edmoilersfans.com/connor-mcdavid-jersey-c-16.html,” head coach Todd McLellan said on Monday in his end of season address. “What’s interesting in dissecting it is our power play was fairly strong early in the year and our penalty kill was really weak and it kind of swung the other way.

“We could never get the two of them together. Even if we were average at the same time Darnell Nurse Jersey, it would have been nice.

“There is a lot Jekyll and Hyde in our game this year Road penalty kill first overall at 86.7 per cent , home penalty kill last overall at 65.8 per cent . The power play started out at an upper level and continued to fall.

“Those are questions we need to dissect and answer, not that we haven’t been doing that for the past 185 days.”
The penalty kill made a dramatic improvement in the last two months of the season, killing 65 of 71 opportunities over the final 26 games for a 91.5 per cent average. The Los Angeles Kings’ penalty kill finished at 85 per cent, tops in the league.

“We changed a little bit,” said goalie Cam Talbot. “Whether it was the forecheck or how we pressured. Once we got the hang of that and everyone bought in, we were able to pressure a little but more, we were able to get clears, the other team wasn’t gaining the line as easily, and we weren’t playing in our zone and playing tired as much.

“Once we made those tweaks, you could see how effective we could be.”

Talbot says the early problems weren’t entirely structural, though. He says his own slow start was a big reason for the tepid penalty killing.

“Everyone says to have a good PK, your goalie has to be your best penalty killer,” he said. “To start the season, I wasn’t where I needed to be. I need to be better.

“As a group, collectively, we could have done some different things, too https://www.edmoilersfans.com/iiro-pakarinen-jersey-c-14.html, but it starts from me. I have to be better to start the season next year.”
 


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