Are the Oilers built better for the East?

As much as they struggle against the larger teams in the West, the Oilers stand a good chance of...

As much as they struggle against the larger teams in the West, the Oilers stand a good chance of getting a point out of their match against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. (Reuters)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:52 PM ET

DALLAS - When the Edmonton Oilers are good, they’re very good, but when they’re bad they’re brutal.

And, as we’ve all seen this year, the bad outweighs the good like hippos outweigh hamsters.

They’ve shown an ability to unleash flashes of intimidating skill and relentless determination, like they did in beating Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, but it rarely lasts for long. No matter how good the Good Oilers look at times, 48 games have shown us that the Bad Oilers are never far away.

“It’s amazing how in the game of hockey it’s such an ebb and flow,” said head coach Dallas Eakins, who saw the very best and the very worst of his team in a span of just 48 hours. “Guys will go out and have a couple of good shifts, then they go out the next time and it’s not there. It’s back and forth all the time.”

Mostly back, if that’s the bad one.

They can come back from two goals down, force overtime in the dying moments, beat a skilled team like the Penguins and you can’t help wonder if this teamís biggest problem is that itís built for the smaller, faster Eastern Conference.


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