Dallas Eakins is not even through his first full season as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers but already he's starting to feel some pressure building. Perhaps that's because the Oilers have lost five in a row and are three points ahead of Buffalo for the worst record in the NHL this season.

On Wednesday he mentenioned that if the Oilers don't get going there is a pretty clear target: himself (though Kevin Lowe is already a target before Eakins).

There is some precedent for the Oilers firing a coach so soon. Ralph Krueger was fired in the offseason after just one season running the show, and that one season was just 48 games long. That would seem to make it doubtful that the Oilers would want to change coaches again so soon, especially since new GM Craig MacTavish picked Eakins himself, but crazier things have happened.

The results haven't been there but it seems like the Oilers are in good hands with Eakins, or at least he knows what he's doing. He had a somewhat combative postgame session with the media in which he talked about the team's hits -- dropping the money line that ideally your team doesn't record a single hit because you possess the puck the entire time -- and talked about seeking retribution and other such issues

It's hard not to like what he had to say on those fronts.