Why I’m not so bullish as Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli about team’s playoff chances – Alberta News

Why I’m not so bullish as Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli about team’s playoff chances – Alberta News


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Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli now sounds positively bullish about the prospects of his team in the coming 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, no matter which team his Oilers come up against.

“No preference,” Chiarelli told Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now in terms of which teams the Oilers want to meet in the playoffs. “I feel like if we’re going the way we can go, we’re going to be a challenge to any of those teams.”

At this point of the year, I’d expect Chiarelli to be positive and optimistic. There’s nothing to gain now in hedging any bets. The team is set and it’s time to win or to be eliminated.

My own take, though, is that I’d much rather see Edmonton go up against Calgary, Nashville or St. Louis in the playoffs than Minnesota, Chicago, Anaheim or San Jose, the team that the Oilers face tonight.

Of course, I’d love to see the Oilers upset one of the West’s top teams, but I’m not yet seeing the high level of performance across Edmonton’s line-up that would make me believe that is at all likely in a playoff series. There have been far too many Oilers passengers, and not nearly enough drivers, in those toughest of games against the Best of the West teams so far this year.

In 13 games against the four Best of the West teams, Edmonton has five wins and eight losses, and a few of those wins come from Cam Talbot stealing games where the Oilers were outchanced.


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers controls the puck in fron of Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on February 18, 2017 in Chicago,…



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