Laurent Brossoit or Cam Talbot?
That’s the big debate heading into Saturday night’s Edmonton Oilers home game against the Colorado Avalanche. Talbot was pulled both Wednesday in Anaheim and Thursday in Denver. Brossoit was perfect in relief both nights.
The starting goaltender is the big question. However, it’s also the wrong question.
The Oilers have greater concerns than who plays goal against the worst team in the league. Just take into consideration post-game comments from head coach Todd McLellan over the last week.
“I didn’t think we were where we needed to be,” McLellan said after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Vancouver.
“I was concerned more tonight about the checking part. We were loose coming into our zone. We missed numerous assignments that we normally have picked up,” McLellan said after Wendesday’s loss in Anaheim.
“I didn’t think we were the best team at the end of the night,” McLellan said after Thursday’s game in Denver. “There are some things that we have to fix that have showed up in the last two games.”
McLellan has preached checking, playing over top of the puck, and playing “inside the other team’s equipment” during his tenure as coach. Those things didn’t happen in three of the last four games. If they don’t do them more consistently down the stretch and into the playoffs, it won’t matter who is in net. (jrw)