The Edmonton Oilers remain on top of the Pacific Division, but they have lost some momentum over the last couple of weeks. On Friday-night they lost to the Dallas Stars, a result that came from Edmonton's home building. The loss caps an average patch of hockey over the last little while, one that has failed to see Edmonton follow up their early-season momentum.

In NHL.com's power rankings on earlier this week, the Oilers were listed as the 6th-best team in the NHL behind Washington, Chicago, the Rangers, Montreal, and Pittsburgh. A down point with Edmonton, according to the Dan Rosen authored article, was that "goalie Cam Talbot (had) allowed three or more goals in four straight games" as of November 9th.

That's a streak that continued on Friday night as Talbot gave up three goals on 30 shots. However him aside, Connor McDavid has quietly had a below-average patch of hockey for the Oilers, one that has seen him score no goals in November so far.

Connor McDavid goal-less in last seven games

The last time that McDavid scored was in a win at Vancouver back on October 28th. Since then he has gone seven straight without lighting the lamp. He still has five goals to date in his fifteen appearances and he has certainly been effective as a set-up man. Despite not scoring any goals in his last seven, McDavid still has six assists. In the big picture, he's averaging better than a point-per-game still with 18 points in 15 games this season.

However, his plus/minus has not been strong since last scoring against the Canucks. McDavid is +4 on the season, but he's -5 in the what-have-you-done-lately column. The bad stretch that I think he is in may be cloaked somewhat by his hot start. After all, his start to the season factors into his overall totals and currently McDavid, at the age of 19, might seem difficult to reproach: his 18 points are second-best in the NHL behind the surprising start that Mark Scheifele is off to for Winnipeg.

Next up for Edmonton, the New York Rangers

But to tally six points in seven games and yet be -5 over that stretch means one thing: you and your line are on the ice a lot when goals are going into your own net. The Oilers have things to work on and McDavid's line is a part of that. The team has gone just 5-4-1 over the last 10 games and they've regressed to 9-5-1 on the season after a 7-1-0 start.

Next up is a Sunday game against the New York Rangers, a team that finished higher than Edmonton in the power rankings with NHL.com recently (7:30pm MT on Sunday).

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