Oilers claw back but come up just short in loss to Kraken

If you’re here to read about everything that is wrong with the Edmonton Oilers, you’re in the wrong place.

If you are the kind of hockey fan who thinks a top team should be able to win every single night in the NHL, regardless of injury or opponent, then sorry. We’re not on the same page.

Edmonton went into Seattle with half of its defence straight off of Bakersfield’s AHL roster, had a rookie goalie in the net who played only so-so, and was on their way to playing their No. 7 defenceman another 25 minutes in the game.

The result? The Oilers lost their first game to a Pacific Division opponent all season Friday, dropping a close 4-3 decision to Seattle. And they were THIS close to getting the game into OT.

Hey — at 16-6, we’re not going to take apart an Oilers team that was an eyelash away from pushing this game into overtime, despite a roster that had No. 7 defenceman Kris Russell playing 22:36, while Tyson Barrie logged 24:38 of ice time.

Could they use more from the Bottom 6 forwards? Yep.

Was Stuart Skinner simply OK in the Edmonton net? At best.

Look, you don’t get a backup who plays lights out every night, the way Mikko Koskinen has so many times this season. And even a power play that has led the league for three seasons sometimes only gets you one goal, not…

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