The Edmonton Oilers have some re-grouping to do as they turned in a terrible performance on their home ice on Sunday. In a game that came from Edmonton, the Buffalo Sabres, playing without Jack Eichel, defeated the Oilers 6-2. Connor McDavid was held pointless in the game, one that exposed some potential netminding problems with Edmonton.

Oilers don't start games right

The Oilers fell behind to the Calgary Flames on Friday night, but they were able to comeback. It was that topic that Edmonton Oiler Leon Draisaitl, in his post-game interview from Friday nightwith OilersTV, commented on. He said that Edmonton would not be able to"start games like that" and count on "resiliency" to carry them through.

His point was dead on when it comes to assessing the effort against Buffalo. The Oilers fell behind again and, although they overcame an early two-goal deficit, the Sabres were far from done scoring. Brian Gionta had a two-goal night for Buffalo while Ryan O'Reilly had a huge night with four points total (2G, 2A).

Shot from half goes for game winner

The game clearly exposed some defensive problems with the Edmonton Oilers. They were problems that were evident, even in the wins against Calgary. The Flames scored seven in their two games against the Oilers, games that Edmonton scored twelve in.

The lowlight of Sunday night was Buffalo's third goal, one that ended up being the game winner. O'Reilly did nothing of substance on the play as he dumped the puck into the Oilers' zone.

Since he was on the other side of half-ice still he had to put the'dump in'on net to avoid an icing calland a face-off back in his own zone.

The puck took a bit of a funny hop on the play, apparently enough to fool Edmonton goaltender Cam Talbot. That made it 3-2 for Buffalo and it was a lead that the Sabres would not relinquish.

Due to the 6-2 thrashing on home ice against an unheralded team that was without their best player, Edmonton have to be given an 'F-' in this game.

It's still just three games into the season, but Talbot is looking like the weakpoint on what is otherwise a revamped team in Edmonton. Even-strength and short-handed situations combined, the goaltender was just .739 on the night.

Despite the 2-1-0 record, Talbot has a 4.62 goals-against average and a bad save percentage of .869 season-to-date.

What's next for both teams?

The Oilers will stay at home this week as the Carolina Hurricanes (7pm MT on Tuesday) and the St. Louis Blues (7pm MT on Thursday) come to town. The Buffalo Sabres will stay in western Canada as they head to Calgary for a game on Tuesday (9pm ET) before heading to Vancouver for a Thursday nighter (10pm ET).

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