VANCOUVER - If Saturday night’s nationally televised debacle taught us anything, it taught us that the Edmonton Oilers aren’t even in the same league as the Vancouver Canucks right now.
Unfortunately for them, they’re still in the same division. And if they can’t figure out a way to compete with a longtime rival that isn’t even the toughest test in the Pacific, it’s going to be a long year.
In a rather humiliating bit of business at Rogers Arena, the Canucks not only cleaned Edmonton’s clock, they turned it back six months to when the constantly-rebuilding franchise was 24th in the league.
They looked worse than that in Saturday’s 6-2 loss. After turning in a fairly decent game in a season-opening 5-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, the Oilers regressed considerably in what they were hoping would stand up as a statement game for Oiler progress.