The Edmonton Oilers have given up a league-high 178 goals in 50 games and are on their fourth and fifth goalies of the season.
"It doesn’t matter how good the forwards are, and the Oilers can rotate all the goalies they want; without an NHL caliber defense, none of it matters," writes Robert Tychkowsi of the Edmonton Sun. "With Justin Schultz, Anton Belov, Martin Marincin, Jeff Petry, Nick Schultz and Andrew Ference, with a sprinkling of Corey Potter and Philip Larsen, the Edmonton blueline is a disjointed mix of skinny, inexperienced newcomers and veterans who are not quite capable of picking up the slack. It’s making for some hard nights." Ference, veteran of the Oilers' blueline, said: No team plays perfec. Even when you watch games with the top teams in the league, they still turn over the puck. Everybody makes mistakes, it’s a matter of what kind of layers you have and what kind of awareness you have on the ice, so that when you do make mistakes there’s back-up plans and there’s people there to cover up. The teams that are consistently playing well, they have that. . ."