Oilers' Mikko Koskinen responds to criticism: 'I can't score goals'

2022-01-05 8:12:00 PM

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen responded to criticism from coach Dave Tippett in an interview with a Finnish reporter. Koskinen said while he has to play better, the offence needs to step up, too.

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen responded to criticism from coach Dave Tippett in an interview with a Finnish reporter. Koskinen said while he has to play better, the offence needs to step up, too.

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen responded to criticism from coach Dave Tippett in an interview with a Finnish reporter. Koskinen said while he has to play better, the offence needs to step up, too.

The Edmonton Oilers, 2-8-2 in their past 12 and clinging to the second wild-card spot in the West, are nearing crisis mode. They’re supposed to be a hopeful contender, but now a lot of questions are being asked about their make-up and what they can do to fix their situation.

The team has lacked depth scoring in this stretch, a problem that isn’t new here. Coach Dave Tippett’s status is uncertain as he appears to be on the hot seat. But the area most in the spotlight right now is with the goaltending.Following Monday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers, in which Koskinen made a couple of critical errors including a misplayed puck that led to the game’s opening goal, Tippett voiced his frustration with the goalie.

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I understand from reliable sources that McDavid and Draisaitl are the problems. They have destroyed the culture, and are a metastasizing cancer on the team. As much as I agree with him,why is it the majority of His games,he gets scored on within the first 2 min. It deflates the team immediately. when you as a goalie give up 5or6 goals, your offense has to score 7 or 8 to win. To be fair,They never should have extended his contract

Cmon Mike Smith is who your rolling with? What year is this Bouchard ... Good on him for standing up for himself. That dumpster fire of a team has a hell of a lot bigger problems than goaltending. Going through 7 coaches in 9yrs, some of them hall of famers is a joke. Obviously the problem is the leadership in the dressing room.

He’s not wrong. Good for you Mikko! Winning is a team effort and every year this team falls apart. Kosk is a 100% right Has he looked at the goals against We can't score 5 or 6 a night Mikko and sure they have been slumping, but I would be blaming the defense before the offense. Koskinen is a bad goalie. But the Oilers have two of the best players in the world and they can't manage more than one goal? He definitely has a point.

Good for Mikko... the heat on Koskinen from misguided Oiler fans & media is an embarrassment...the far greater liability to this team is their continual AHL level defence and lack of secondary scoring...the same problems year after year after year...

Oilers' Koskinen on criticism by coach: 'Not nice being thrown under the bus' - TSN.caFollowing a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday and with the team mired in a slump, Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett appeared to be critical of his goaltender Mikko Koskinen. I dont disagree with either side. You play like shit you get called out plain and simple doesnt matter if its McDavid or your goalie. With that being said Koski is right the team needs to start putting numbers on the board (preferably from the bottom 6)

Every year the Oilers' coaches and management has a scapegoat. This year's Toby winner is Mikko Koskinen. LetsGoOilers Not a good look! They have a goalie who can score goals That's not what he said. He did not say 'the offence needs to step up, too'. Simple solution, play him on the wing. Ya, but he can stop letting in a gimmi every single game. Instead the Oilers have to score 3 goals to win…every game.

I think he's being too hard on himself. Although Mikko doesn't get credit on the scoresheet I think he's definitely scored q few... Your offence shouldn’t have to score 5 plus goals a game in order to win. Maybe he should start trying to score some goals since he’s not blocking many in net anyway. I get he’s frustrated and the team around him isn’t making his life any easier but he needs to stop pucks.

Not a good sign. The team is turning on each other.

Maple Leafs host Oilers as favourites on Wednesday NHL oddsA meeting between Canadian rivals currently heading in different directions will highlight the NHL schedule for Wednesday night as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the slumping Edmonton Oilers as early -160 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. OddsShark Major miss by NHL and NHL_On_TNT for not showing this on TNT. ESPN+ is fantastic, but absolute the miss the TNT crew can’t broadcast the game or at the least telecast it with the TNT doing the intermissions. Instead the Americans have STL vs. PIT on TNT OddsShark Oilers are so fkt. Not going win this one. Smith is the same shit. Shit.

What’s the over/under on oilers jerseys we see on the ice before the end of 2021/2022 season? He is right If this is what a coach does... Perhaps teams do not need a coach....how about the players run the 'on ice' product themselves? Cant' be worse! Well there always is next year. Maybe better goalies and d-men too. If McDavid and Draisaitl wont score Oilers looses. I really dont know what or why is 3rd and 4th line forwards are paid for in Oilers. Figure skating and cheerleading what first 2 lines do?

Matthews returns negative COVID-19 test, not ruled out for meeting with OilersToronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews returned a negative result for COVID-19 on a PCR test one day after a rapid test came back positive.

Maple Leafs' Matthews, Oilers' McDavid both questionable for showdownThere is a chance the annual Toronto showdown between Canada’s two most star-studded franchises will take place without either club’s shiniest jewel. (lukefoxjukebox) lukefoxjukebox And the Jets can beat them both in a best of seven. Control your wood Sportsnet. lukefoxjukebox I’m confused. You say asymptomatic but he’s negative

Oilers' McDavid and Ryan miss practice after positive COVID-19 testsEdmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid has tested positive for COVID-19, the team says. He'll be tested again before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He gotta sit 5 days as per Ontario new regulations Might as well announce the trade CanceltheNhlseason

How the Oilers and Maple Leafs compare as hopeful Cup contendersThe Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs both came into the season with high hopes and both have dealt with tough stretches in the schedule. But this far into the season, how do they compare and what do they generally need? Shayna Goldman takes a look. Sure Connor McD is great, no doubt, but his personality sucks. Kyle Connor is great, and he’s a loveable sort. McD should take personality lessons from him. Just saying.. Leafs are a contender? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 hayyyshayyy How long until McDavid wants out?

0 The Edmonton Oilers, 2-8-2 in their past 12 and clinging to the second wild-card spot in the West, are nearing crisis mode.In 20 games this season, Koskinen, 33, has a 3.NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.Head coach Sheldon Keefe says the team is awaiting further results, but Matthews has not been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

They’re supposed to be a hopeful contender, but now a lot of questions are being asked about their make-up and what they can do to fix their situation. The team has lacked depth scoring in this stretch, a problem that isn’t new here.900 save percentage. Coach Dave Tippett’s status is uncertain as he appears to be on the hot seat. The Maple Leafs have outscored opponents by a 16-5 overall margin during their current 3-0-0 run. But the area most in the spotlight right now is with the goaltending.91 goals-against average and . Following Monday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers, in which Koskinen made a couple of critical errors including a misplayed puck that led to the game’s opening goal, Tippett voiced his frustration with the goalie. Matthews is coming off an outstanding December that saw him named the NHL's first star of the month after putting up 10 goals and four assists in seven games.

“It’s a brutal mistake,” the coach said.  The Oilers, who are in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, are 2-8-2 since starting the season 16-5-0. Matthews picked up 10 goals and four assists in seven December games to claim NHL first star of the month honours, including a two-goal performance in a 5-1 win in Edmonton back on December 14. “What are you going to do? Call it what it is. We’re playing well, and it’s a brutal mistake. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger recently said that everyone associated with the team is feeling the heat.” “Our goaltending wasn’t very good, and we didn’t get enough pucks to the net to get back in the game. The Oilers ride a four-game losing streak into Wednesday's contest as road underdogs, and got bad news on Tuesday afternoon when Connor McDavid tested positive for COVID-19.” On Tuesday, speaking to Finnish reporter Tommi Seppala, Koskinen responded to criticism from Tippett and members of the media. "Of course, he has to be feeling the heat, as I said, everyone is.

"It's not nice for anybody to be thrown under the bus. But this is how it goes in this business,” Koskinen told Seppala in Finnish . If it gets worse, maybe it’s more seriously considered at that point. In addition to shaky goaltending, the Oilers have also suffered from a dip in performance by McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. “When the team loses, it’s either the coach or goalie who gets sacrificed. I have to be better but at the same time we scored seven goals in my last six losses. "Goaltending though is being looked at by [general manager] Ken Holland and the Oilers. I can't score goals. Elsewhere on the Wednesday NHL odds at sports betting sites , the Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to extend the NHL's longest current win streak to nine games as they host the St.

It's not only about goaltending when it comes to winning and losing. They [also] continue to search for a third-line centre, among some of the other things that could make this roster stronger. Everybody has to better from now on and we will be. We're not this bad.". When submitting content, please abide by our , and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment." Koskinen, who’s taken on more of a No. 1 role than planned this season with Mike Smith injured, had a good start.

He won 12 of his first 14 games, and posted a . ×.914 save percentage through Dec. 1. But as the team’s offence has dried up, the margin for error has thinned. The Oilers have scored just 29 times in these 12 games, which is nearly a goal less than expected over this stretch.

The goalies have also allowed about a goal more than expected per game, and Koskinen's save percentage has dipped to .866 in his past six appearances. After such a strong start for the team elevated expectations, this current slump is turning up the temperature around them. "I didn't get critics early on in the season, but now it's all over because I've lost six games in row,” Koskinen said. “Everybody gets upset because in this market everything we do is under the microscope.

Every goal and mistake is being analyzed carefully. People care and there's a lot of passion about the Oilers in this market. It's just the way it is. We have to be better." After Wednesday’s game in Toronto, the Oilers have one scheduled game over the next 12 days.

It’s at that time GM Ken Holland may consider making some kind of move to start turning this team back in the right direction, whether it’s with the coach or player personnel. But while Koskinen is taking the brunt of the criticism during this slide, all the underlying numbers and on-ice indications are that this is a team with more than one issue. Add in some bad luck plaguing them along the way and it’s pretty close to rock bottom right now for the Oilers. "We haven't drawn penalties like earlier and it feels like the opponent scores on every power play right now,” Koskinen told Seppala. “We should play better 5-on-5 and score more goals.

Goaltending has not been good on a nightly basis either. Like I said, everybody has to be better, we're not that bad." Tippett addressed the issue after Wednesday's morning skate. "The question (asked) was (about) the start of the game. The whole thing was taken out of context," Tippett said.

"We're talking about starting the game. The first five minutes of the game, not giving up the first goal. That's what it was. Mikko made some good saves in that game. He hung around the game.

But it was the start of the game, we're trying to get off to a good start. That's the part (you're) getting emotional about." When submitting content, please abide by our , and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.

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