EDMONTON, AB - Leon Draisaitl called the team's start to last night's 3-2 loss to the Rangers "almost embarrassing." The Oilers found themselves down 1-0 just 54 seconds in after New York's first shot of the game went in.
The Oilers played from behind then, and never evened things up despite outshooting the Rangers 15-4 in the third. Edmonton went back to work this afternoon, looking to tighten up their on-ice performance.
"That wasn't the way we want to play as a team," said Draisaitl. "I think they outworked us, especially at the start. It was almost embarrassing. I thought we had a good day today, I thought everyone was working and everyone should feel better after today."
Edmonton looks to move on from what was their third-straight loss and get back in the win column when they host Arizona on Monday.
"It was a disappointing game and was a setback for us," said Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom. "We've been talking a lot about being ready from the start. That's so crucial when you play teams like the Rangers who are on their toes and have had a lot of changes to their team recently. It was disappointing, but we cannot just hang our heads right now. We have to get ready for the next game. Nobody is happy with last night's performance, so we have to focus on Arizona and come to work."