Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett held a video teleconference with press reporters Tuesday from his home in Arizona. The NHL stopped its season on March 12 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with the Oilers and the remainder of the league in the middle of a playoff push. Edmonton currently sits second in the Pacific Division with 83 points.
Tippett was asked how he would picture the season would resume, attempting to recall at notes he took throughout the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season as a guide. He stated this is a various scenario because he understands the players currently.
“It’s not as if it’s a new season, but you’re going to have to get up and going pretty quickly,” Tippett stated. “I look at our team, driven by the core players there, I think we can get up and running pretty quickly.”
Experiencing playoff push
Another subject gone over was the Oilers losing on acquiring experience of a playoff push, something Tippett thinks can truly benefit his young group.
“You get to those games where the intensity level is there, the pressure to win is there, and those are all things that you put in the memory bank,” Tippett stated. “That’s in the regular season to get that playoff spot, and then you get into a playoff series.”
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Tippett broadened on his ideas stating that playoff series are various because you need to make game- to-game modifications versus oneopponent The first- year Oilers coach stated you need to discover various methods to win in the playoffs.
“As you continue to go through those scenarios, you build up more of that knowledge of what it takes to win in those scenarios.”
The St. Louis Blues are a prime example, Tippett stated, of a team that went through several playoff presses prior to winning the Stanley Cup last season.
“Now they’re a very confident group. They think if they come back, they have a chance to compete for a second Cup because they have that knowledge in place.”
Tippett states it might be an essential knowing experience for the Oilers.
“Those are things teams need to learn. Not just our team, but there are teams throughout the history of the league that goes through those experiences and then break through. We’d like to have some of those experiences, so hopefully, we get our kick at the can to break through.”
Contact with players
Tippett stated he’s talked with a couple of players through text, however the majority of the contact has actually been with Edmonton’s strength and physical fitness personnel.
“There’s a bit of frustration on the players’ part because they want to play, but they all understand the gravity of what’s happening in the world right now and that patience is of the essence.”
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For 3 players gotten prior to the trade due date– defenseman Mike Green and forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Ennis– they just got accustomed for a couple of weeks prior to the interruption. Not getting the newly-acquired players in the circulation is frustrating for Tippett.
“I talk about it all the time, we need rhythm in our lineup,” Tippett stated. “You’re always trying to find that rhythm and chemistry throughout it. It was still a work in progress with our new guys and we had James Neal come back from a long-term injury, we had some people coming back in. I would have liked the last 11 games to evaluate that.”
Tippett stated he thinks Green and forward Joakim Nygard will both be back when play resumes. Green (sprained MCL) is still thought to be in Edmonton rehabbing while Nygard (hand) returned to Sweden to finish his rehabilitation.
“Both of them, I think, would certainly be ready to go if we get around to starting again.”