Oilers display same tendencies that have held team back

Jets forward Michael Frolik celebrates a goal Tuesday as Oilers defenders look on during the team's...

Jets forward Michael Frolik celebrates a goal Tuesday as Oilers defenders look on during the team's home opener in Edmonton. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

EDMONTON - If Tuesday’s home opener taught us anything, it taught us that the Edmonton Oilers can safely rule out the quick fix.

Seven years’ worth of bad habits die hard. If the once-proud organization is ever going to transform itself from loser to winner, it won’t be happening overnight. Because when the city woke up Wednesday morning, the Oilers still had a long way to go.

Despite a new head coach and seven new skaters, the newlook Oilers still looked a lot like the old-look Oilers when it mattered most in a 5-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

“It was a little bit of everything,” said head coach Dallas Eakins, who saw for himself some of the reasons this team has been such an annual disappointment.

“We had a couple of turnovers that cost us, we had a couple of questionable goals. We got jumped by on a faceoff. That can’t happen.”

The finale of Breaking Bad might have been last Sunday, but Breaking Bad Habits is into its forth sequel here in Edmonton, where Eakins attempts to fix what Ralph Krueger, Tom Renney and Pat Quinn before him couldn't.


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