The Oilers have seen a few goals in recent games end up in the back of their net due to an opposing player being left alone out in front. Head Coach Todd McLellan cited those as “preventable” mistakes due to miscommunication.
Tyson Barrie’s second goal of the 3-2 loss to Colorado could have been prevented.
“I think of Barrie’s goal and we’re in position,” said McLellan. “That’s an easy sort-out that we have. There’s two guys that are prepared to do the job, we just don’t communicate so nobody does the job.”
The players echoed McLellan’s words on miscommunication.
“That’s the big sort-out right now,” said Brandon Davidson. “It’s minor, but it has to be done. As long as we’re talking and communicating in the d-zone, it’s an easier game on yourself and for your teammates. Just that little bit of communication would be key and I think we could prevent a lot of those goals like that that are coming recently.”