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Some Thoughts After Trouncing The Flames

February 21, 2021, 2:26 PM ET [32 Comments]
Sean Maloughney
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So last night the Edmonton Oilers provided the Calgary Flames with a much needed educational lesson. Up until recently many of the Flames fans felt that their team was competitive and only a top end goalie away from competing. Certainly Markstrom is an excellent goaltender but far worse issues plague Calgary. Knowing is half the battle and a 7-1 loss to their division rival might just be enough for management to start making bigger changes.

I know discussing a rebuild is going to be a hard pill for the Flames fans to swallow. Tkachuk, Mangiapane, Lindholm, Dube, Hanifan, and Tanev are a decent core to build around for the next 5-10 years.

Farewells should be in order for the likes of Johnny Hockey and Sean Monahan as both should provide a good return and help to turn things around quicker. Laughter and mockery will not be a good look for you during this time Oilers fans as your team is only now starting to come out of the dark days. And this is an opportunity for us to handle things with respect and grace. My hope is that the remaining Battle of Alberta's this season are a competitive affair and that both teams find a way to play entertaining hockey. Even though Calgary is a hated rival, the hockey world is better when both teams are at their best. Sorry Flames fans but the rest of this season might be a rough ride.

Going away from the Calgary talk, the Oilers dominated the score sheet last night with McDavid busting out of his mini slump with a 3 goal and 5 point night. Obviously there were some issues, the shot clock being one of them but it never felt like Calgary hemmed Edmonton in for too long a stretch and the team defensive play remains a strong point for this team.

Onwards for the Edmonton Oilers as they will begin a two game road trip in Vancouver starting on Tuesday. In looking at the standings, these next two games should provide the Oilers a solid chance to entrench themselves in the #2 position in the North Division. Looking past Vancouver, Edmonton then will face the Toronto Maple Leafs for three games at home and that almost brings us to the halfway point of the season. Even though the beginning of the year was rough, the Oilers have rebounded strong. Removing the first couple weeks of the season Edmonton has been a top end producer at 5 on 5 and a middle of the pack team in their goals against. Saturday was a fun night for the fans and while not every night will see 7 goals, this team should continue to provide wins for the fans.
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