Edmonton Oilers (4-10-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 9, 2013, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers / Edmonton Oilers --- Over/Under:
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The Edmonton Oilers look to respond after a tough outing on Thursday night in Tampa Bay as they continue their road trip in Philadelphia.
The Oilers have been one of the league’s bigger disappointments this season and for the past few as their young core hasn’t been able to produce the result that were expected of them and now the pressure is starting to mount. You can’t place all the blame on the players however as the head coaching carousel and change in direction in the front office over the past few years has to be hard on everyone but for a fanbase that is accustomed to winning and competing it must be getting incredibly frustrating for everyone involved. Edmonton continues their road trip in Philadelphia to take on another struggling team as the Flyers were blanked in their last contest against the New Jersey Devils. Devan Dubnyk gets the start against Steve Mason for the Flyers.
Philadelphia was a playoff contender two seasons ago but fell flat on their faces last year after expectations were through the roof missing the playoffs altogether. While it was expected that they may rebound this year it has been far from that premonition as the Flyers have been dreadful this season and they have the worst offense in the league scoring just 22 goals through their first 15 games. If the Oilers fans are getting frustrated you can imagine how angry the Flyers fans are after their overhaul a couple years ago which sent Jeff Carter and Mike Richards out of town has resulted in very limited success for the Flyers and a Stanley Cup title for both Carter and Richards. Philadelphia is the home team here but it doesn’t matter anymore for them until they can show they’re a team worth backing again and while Edmonton hasn’t been much better they’re in better shape at the moment. Take Edmonton.