There have certainly been plenty of bad moments to point to this season if you are a fan of the Edmonton Oilers, but on Saturday night the team may have hit a new low for the 2018 - 2019 National Hockey League regular season.
The Oilers were in Los Angeles on Saturday night where they faced off against the Los Angeles Kings' at the Staples Center in a game that should on paper have helped the Oilers right the ship. The Kings have consistently been one of the league's worst teams this season and that made them particularly vulnerable to an Oilers team that desperately needed a win to remain in the hunt for a Wild card spot and a potential playoff spot.
The Oilers however never came to play and instead of what should have been, all due respect to the Kings and their players, a relatively easy road victory the Oilers left the Staples center on Saturday with a very bitter taste in their mouth. Over the course of 3 periods the Oilers managed to produce just a total of 16 shots on goal, almost all of which came from the Oilers top line of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent Hopkins. In fact if you were to look at the NHL's tracking of the shots on goal from last night, the Oilers bottom 9 forwards appears to have produced just a single registered shot on goal, a damning condemnation of the team's depth.
There's no question that fans in Edmonton were disgusted at the unbelievably uninspired performance from their team on Saturday but that point was really driven home when the normally stoic Ken Hitchock spoke to the media following the embarrassing loss. Hitchock managed to keep his cool as he fielded questions from reporters but was quick to throw his entire team under the bus with the notable exception of defenseman Darnell Nurse. Hitchcock roasted his own team, challenging them on their lack of effort and openly questioning their motivation as NHL players, but he didn't do so for long.
Instead of sitting there and fielding a number of questions after a little less than 2 minutes Hitchock showed just how disgusted he was by simply walking away in embarrassment from the media scrum.