Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan has talked about his team’s propensity for taking penalties as of late. Pre-All-Star break, the Oilers had taken the fifth fewest penalty minutes in the league. Post-break is a different story. They have taken 125 penalty minutes in seven games, the second most in the league.
That trend continued in a 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, as they took three minors and allowed one PPG.
“It’s not rare for our team right now,” said McLellan. “We just addressed it yesterday, and it’s unacceptable. We can’t keep marching to the freaking penalty box time and time again because of those penalties. We slashed a guy’s stick out of his hands early. Then we reach in the third. It doesn’t work that way.”