After losing their first game last Saturday, the Oilers are probably starting to feel more like an NFL team with how many times they've had to talk about their season-opening loss.
Oilers head coach Todd McLellan did offer some fresh analysis on Saturday's game when asked, however.
"For me, the results are what everybody looks at and evaluates. When I say that, that's the outside world. We look it differently. We look at it how we did or didn't play. There's a lot of areas we know we can be a lot better."
He added that the team should be ready to move on from that loss now.
"It was a disappointing first game but it was that. It was a first night. We've had two good practices. We believe we can play better to a man and we've got to see it come out. So there's no panic. The fact we lost our first game, that's happened to numerous teams that have gone on and won Stanley Cups and won almost 60 games a year. I think we did that in Detroit a few times, as a matter of fact," McLellan continued. "I don't profess that we're the Red Wings of the early 2000s but we are a team that has to grow and has to learn and figure things out. We weren't very good against Jersey but we'll be better against Boston."
One of the big factors in the loss was the team's puck movement out of their own zone.
"We weren't any good in our end and I don't mean defending, I mean coming out of it. They were on top of us, we were a little bit slow, we didn't have good board work so as a result anytime the puck was cleared, we didn't have possession."
McLellan pointed out that many of the mistakes were things he's confident can be corrected swifly.
"A lot of energy was expended just to get out of the zone and we were never on the attack, so that was a disappointing part of the game. We had some lapses, certainly in the second period, that cost us but fixable mistakes. Very simple things."