There were a lot of changes made during the offseason in Edmonton and it seems like the Oilers are enjoying this new life.
Leon Draisaitl scored the only goal in the shootout to give the undefeated Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory over the winless New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
However, new head coach Dave Tippett felt the need to criticize his own players despite the victory and the perfect record, looking to get better and keep their hot streak going.
“We looked a little sluggish out there but I liked the way we hung around and battled. They can’t all be masterpieces so we’ll take the win & move on.”
Tippett went on to pick apart different aspects of the game, looking for his players to stop falling behind in contests, improving the special teams units and get stronger on defense.
Tippett probably can’t complain all that much about forward James Neal, who recorded a seventh goal already this season.
Neal’s seven goals are a team record for Edmonton for the most through the first four games of a season. Wayne Gretzky held the old mark at six.
The Oilers have two games left on a four-game trip as they face the Rangers on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden and Monday night in Chicago against the Blackhawks.
Let’s see if the Oilers will be inspired by what their new head coach had to say.