Thursday night was just a reminder to Edmonton Oilers' fans of how miserable the 2017-18 season has been so far. The Oilers weren't able to score one goal on a backup netminder in their second shutout loss in three games this year...
It's been quite the roller-coaster ride, and the lows are quite... low.
When TSN asked veteran forward Patrick Maroon to comment on his team's woes, the winger couldn't find the right words.
"We're doing the right things," Maroon said Thursday. "Every line is buzzing around, we're all having chemistry… It's weird. We score six goals [Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens], then the next game we score zero. Then the next game we score seven, and the next game, zero.
"I don't know if God is punishing us right now? I don't have any words.
"I know the fans are frustrated, and the media are looking for answers. But the guys, the last four games that's the best hockey we've played in a long time."
Maroon surely wants fans to notice the last four contests had some positive. Potentially a new improved way to compete for the Oilers at the halfway mark of the season.
One important detail that might make the difference is the fact that starting goalie Cam Talbot, who was activated off injured reserve yesterday, ould make his return to the crease Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.