Oilers must cut down goals against to have any hope

Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen (44) slides into Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk during NHL action on...

Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen (44) slides into Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk during NHL action on Nov. 9, 2013. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:06 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers are going to have to figure it out in a hurry.

If there’s any chance of turning around a season quickly spiralling down the drain, they’re going to have to learn to play in their own end.

The Oilers have conceded a mind-boggling 75 goals in their first 19 games this season. And you can’t pin it all on the goaltender.

Unless Ilya Bryzgalov comes in and does a better job of turning aside point-blank scoring opportunities, the Oilers struggles are going to continue.

On Sunday they gave up far too many quality chances in a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“They’re really good in the offensive zone, they move the puck well,” said Oilers defenceman Philip Larsen. “They’re a team that has played together for a long time and they know each other well.

“They’re a tough team, but we should be able to any team in this league, an unfortunately, we weren’t able to do that (Sunday).”


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