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BLOG: Consistency is key

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers have yet to show a level of consistency in their game that results in strings of wins. They’ve beaten or skated with some of the best in the league, but then drop a disappointing loss to a lower team in the standings the next time out.

The Oilers halted the Boston Bruins win streak at five games last night and handed them a 3-2 shootout loss. That being said, the players realize they can’t hang their hats on one game and one win.

“That game is over with,” said Jordan Eberle. “Obviously, we’re happy with the result but tomorrow is a new day and we’ve got to find a way to put another good effort in and win another hockey game. It can’t just be a one-in-every three game thing. We have to find a way to consistently play well and play together.”

The up-and-down roller coaster of a season is not something the Oilers want to continue. For example, the team held a high-flying Washington Capitals team to one goal in a loss, but answered with a 4-1 letdown in Carolina. They beat Pittsburgh in a shootout, then lost 3-0 to Toronto. That’s something that needs to end if Edmonton wants to add more points to the standings.

“We play a really good game in Washington and then we go to Carolina and play like the worst game of the season,” said Oscar Klefbom. “We have to be more consistent if we’re going to be a team to battle against the teams in playoff spots. The game we played last night, I think, was a really solid game for 60 minutes. It was against a really good team too like we played in Pittsburgh. That’s the level we want to keep at and I think the next game is going to be a really big game for us to get a streak going and get some momentum and confidence in the team and get some really good energy in here. I’m looking forward to the next game for sure.”

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