Woodcroft on the hotseat in Edmonton? — The Fourth Period

Following a 5-2 loss Saturday to the Nashville Predators, the Edmonton Oilers are now 2-7-1 through the first 10 games of the regular-season.

Edmonton’s unexpected start has raised eyebrows and has started to prompt questions about the organization both on and off the ice.

During the “Saturday Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman reported that a move is not imminent, though something could give in the coming week if the team doesn’t right the ship.

“The word in Edmonton tonight is quiet. I’m not expecting any news,” Friedman said. “We’ll just see where this goes over the next couple of days and games.”

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector reported this evening that “everything is on the table in Edmonton” and that includes a possible change behind the bench.

According to Spector, Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft could be on the hot seat and the team’s “non-competitive, lackadaisical team looks exactly like the one that got Dave Tippett fired, and Todd McLellan before him.”

Friedman noted that Edmonton could give goalie Stuart Skinner the keys to the net for the foreseeable future as Jack Campbell’s performance has not improved.

“The mental mistakes that keep costing us over and over again made us chase the game,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid. “It is just death by a thousand cuts, that is what it feels like. One mistake and it costs us, and another little mistake and it just snowballs. It is tough to chase games.”

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