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11-01-2013, 11:48 PM
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Part of the reason that the GA is so high is because the forwards are one dimensional and weak on the puck so a lot of the play winds up being in the defensive zone due to lack of any cycle game and not being able to clear the defensive zone. The Oilers are so easy to play against and some of that has to do with a bad mix up front.
Goaltending is obviously an issue but you act like better goaltending will cure the Oilers ills. It'll help for sure but it's still not close to a playoff team even with solid goaltending due to the team playing in front of the goalie being such a chaotic mess.
But look at some of the teams with the worst GAA.
There's us in 30th, Calgary in 29th (who are bigger than us although not extremely big), 28th Florida (who is a hot mess, I'm not sure how big their forwards are), 27th Phoenix (who have a lot of big forwards and great D), and Buffalo who is... well, Buffalo.
I think there's some, but very little correlation between having a big team up front and GAA.
By the way, Colorado is first in GAA and they're no Chicago, Boston, Philly, LA, etc. Montreal is 5th and they're even smaller than we are.
But goaltending can build confidence too. One of the reasons the Oilers play so sloppily is because they don't have confidence in the guy between the pipes.
It doesn't even have to be Johnathan Quick playing net for us. A decent #1 would work wonders for this team.
Sometimes your goalie has to bail you out because every team makes mistakes. Bachman in one game is the only goalie who's done that so far. That's a very large reason we're sitting last in the west.
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