Sports Latest Oilers loss just doesn’t pass the smell test

22:37  07 december  2017
22:37  07 december  2017 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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However, It’s how the Edmonton Oilers lost Wednesday night that doesn ’ t pass the sniff test . %2Fhockey%2Fnhl%2Flatest- oilers - loss - just -doesnt- pass - smell - test %2F.

But under questioning, Horn floated the idea that a couple of software engineers came up with this idea all on their own and implemented it, presumably without telling anyone. That part doesn ' t pass the smell test .

EDMONTON – The simple route would be to dwell on goalie Laurent Brossoit, who let in a shabby second-period goal that made the score 2-1.

You can’t win when your goalie let’s in a bad goal every game, right? Cam Talbot is hurt so the Edmonton Oilers have every excuse to lose, hmmm?

That’s what happened in Edmonton Wednesday, as the Philadelphia Flyers walked into Rogers Place and left with a 4-2 victory, dropping Brossoit’s record to 1-5-1.

Philly was the better team by a country mile, from the goal line out, as the Oilers played like a team that’s guaranteed a playoff spot — not one with chances that sit below five per cent.

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From Tesla’s perspective it needed Ahuja to come back or the stock could have taken a larger hit than the 6.4% drop the day after earnings were announced (or in this case Tesla’s latest loss ). Or it could have been that a public policy opportunity arose that Wheeler decided was too good to pass up.

pass the smell test . To be trustworthy, credible, authentic, or morally acceptable. (Usually used in the negative.) In this context, the president's appeal to the parties to continue to focus on achieving peace simply doesn ' t pass the smell test .

So let’s talk about what else can’t happen if your team is planning on winning, or making the playoffs a few months from now.

“We didn’t have enough desperation,” said defenceman Oscar Klefbom. “These are two points that don’t come back later. We keep making the road tougher and tougher every game. These are points we have to take, especially here in Rogers.”

How about facing goalie Brian Elliott, and at the 50-minute mark straining to recall if he had been forced to make an above-average save yet? How about defenceman Kris Russell, who was a trainwreck in this one from his first shift to the last?

How about Leon Draisaitl’s game? Yes, he finished a shorthanded two-on-one with Connor McDavid for Edmonton’s first goal, but the rest of the evening he was silent, as he has been on far too many nights this season.

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But under questioning, Horn floated the idea that a couple of software engineers came up with this idea all on their own and implemented it, presumably without telling anyone. That part doesn ' t pass the smell test .

smell test (plural smell tests ). (idiomatic) An informal method for determining whether something is authentic, credible, or ethical, by using one's common sense or sense of propriety. 1994, Todd Purdum, "New Yorkers in Congress at War With a Lawyer," New York Times, 6 May

After signing a new eight-year, $68-million deal over the summer, we’re 28 games in and Draisaitl doesn’t have a power-play point yet. Some production, please…?

“It’s not the effort. We know we are a hard-working group in here,” Draisaitl pleaded. “Sometimes, individually and as a team, we are not sharp enough. That starts with the leaders, starts with us, and goes all the way through the line-up.”

Edmonton hasn’t scored a power-play goal in eight games now, and were gifted an opportunity in the final four minutes, down by a goal Wednesday. Good teams take advantage of those opportunities. This team didn’t, peppering Elliott with but a single shot in two-man advantages on the evening — a solo effort by McDavid.

Alas, the shots on goal were 33-25 for Philly, after Edmonton poured it on late. It was an inexcusably laissez faire effort from a team in a desperate position in the standings.

Simmonds helps lead Flyers over Oilers

  Simmonds helps lead Flyers over Oilers EDMONTON - Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist and Claude Giroux added a pair of helpers as the Philadelphia Flyers won their second game in a row, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Wednesday. Jordan Weal, Dale Weise and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers (10-11-7), who have won consecutive games on the heels of a 10-game losing skid. Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers (11-15-2), who have lost two of their last three.Philadelphia outshot the Oilers 13-7 in the scoreless opening period.

Those who could smell well died at a rate of 10%. As soon as I read that, I knew the report did not pass the smell test . Why would government researchers conduct a test involving 3,005 people over a five-year period, just to test people’s sense of smell ?

However, It’s how the Edmonton Oilers lost Wednesday night that doesn ’ t pass the sniff test . It’s easy to blame the goalie. And let’s face it: He Should the Edmonton Oilers go with Nick Ellis or Laurent Brossoit next game? Simmonds helps lead Flyers over Oilers . Latest Oilers loss just doesn ’ t pass

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To waltz through a game like this is sad, really, as a desperate fan base watches its team and wonders if the players share even a modicum of concern over the current NHL standings.

“Usually, we’re forechecking hard and our D are getting up,” said defenceman Matt Benning. “Tonight we were just a little bit slow.”

Yes, just a little bit slow. And the sun is just a little bit hot.

There were plenty of culprits on an Oilers team that generated period totals of seven, nine and nine shots against a Flyers club that was one win removed from a 10-game losing streak. The Oilers are now 1-7 at home against the East, and heading East for games in Montreal, Toronto and Columbus.

Losing is going to happen, and Philadelphia gets credit for a solid road win. It’s how Edmonton lost this one that doesn’t pass the sniff test.

It’s easy to blame the goalie. And let’s face it:

He could have scored a couple.

It's not yet safe to praise the Edmonton Oilers, but here goes … .
The praise was through the roof before the season, but then came the crash If nothing else, the Edmonton Oilers have shown themselves to be a team this year who cannot handle praise. Just before the Oilers were to lay a colossal stink bomb on the NHL with a three win, eight loss start to […]Just before the Oilers were to lay a colossal stink bomb on the NHL with a three win, eight loss start to the 2017-18 season, everyone, everyone, everyone was incredibly bullish about the team.

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