Thread: Post-Game Talk: Oilers lose 3-0 ...Game Over
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03-25-2013, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Mowzie View Post
I just can't fathom their reply, Brown honestly wants to make a point on how Edmonton is compared to Detroit, Vancouver and San Jose as if we're gaining ground on them? San Jose has been one of the league's worst teams after their 7 game win streak, Vancouver up until recently has been average at best, and Detroit lost Lidstrom... For him to try and pretend like those teams are still dominant forces and we are catching up to them is absolutely idiotic.

My point about the practice, I got the "privilege" of watching an Oilers practice on Tuesday afternoon by winning one of the 93 jerseys. I don't watch tons of practices, so I have nothing to compare it to, but what I seen out there was 3 really nice coaches running an intensity and urgency free practice. I find it frustrating that while feeding us this "playoff drive" crap, that the practice was so bland. If this was a team that came out in games with lots of energy and controlled the pace, I wouldn't worry, but watching this predominantly reactionary team practice so casually makes me think there are teams in other cities that have a sense of urgency in their routine, and those teams, presumably are gonna be the teams in the stretch drive that beat us and take the last couple playoff spots we covet.

How this team runs with a short-handed coaching staff is beyond me. For a team deficient in EVERY possible category that makes excuses about shortened seasons and lack of preparation time, I can't help but think one extra coach may be of SOME benefit.
Thanks for this Mowzie. I have never seen this team practice so input like this is appreciated.

I happen to think that your observation regarding practice is something that rarely if ever gets talked about. Its been said that teams play like they practice and these social club practices (if they are the norm) may explain why this team is so ill prepared and lack intensity at the beginning of games. How incongruent is it to have a practice that lacks any kind of intensity during one of the most critical times in this so called rebuild. A time when this young team needs to learn that very lesson.

Its amazing to see this incongruency and lack of accountability filter all the way from Katz through to Management and the players.

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