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Oilers fans call out Darnell Nurse for troubling statistic in playoffs

Published May 10, 2024 at 7:14

Despite an overall robust performance from the Edmonton Oilers, Darnell Nurse continues to stand out for the wrong reasons. His ongoing struggles on the ice have become a significant hindrance for the team, especially noticeable during this postseason.

In the first game of the playoffs, Nurse's spirited performance briefly suggested a turnaround from his usual form, raising hopes among fans. Unfortunately, this improvement was short-lived.

Over the subsequent five games, his performance deteriorated drastically, leading to widespread disappointment. A stark indicator of his slump is his shockingly low tally of just one hit in these five games—a critical aspect during the high-stakes playoff games.

Nurse's playoff statistics paint a grim picture; he has managed only one assist in six games, contributing to a 6-1 victory over the Kings.

Apart from that single point, his contributions have been minimal, with zero points in the other five games and an alarming plus/minus rating of -6, the lowest among his teammates.

The defensive player's effort this season has been notably lackluster, and his ongoing issues are increasingly seen as a severe liability for the Oilers.

Nurse is bound by a substantial contract that extends over the next seven years, representing a significant financial burden that the Oilers might find impossible to offload, even if they wished to.

Given the critical role of a robust defense in hockey, the Oilers' future success seems jeopardized unless Nurse can significantly improve his game.

However, each passing year diminishes the hope for such a turnaround, casting a long shadow over his future with the team and the team's prospects in upcoming seasons.

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May 10   |   71 answers
Oilers fans call out Darnell Nurse for troubling statistic in playoffs

Is it possible for the Oilers to win the cup despite Nurse's poor game?

Yes, other players can pick up his slack.5171.8 %
No, Nurse's negative value is too high.2028.2 %
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