It’s only two games into the 82-game season and already the headline can be dusted off for yet another use. ‘What’s Wrong With The Oilers?’ When the Edmonton lost 6-2 in Vancouver Saturday night after gassing their home opener to the Winnipeg Jets there was little patience with the NHL team which has been projected to the playoffs. Particularly after the embarrassing events involving the fractured former flagship football franchise earlier in the day. The scenario inspired your correspondent to ask Dallas Eakins what it’s like to be a new head coach in the NHL still looking for his first win and to have to come back to a snakepit like this? “It’s awesome” said Eakins. “I don’t know how guys do it. I honestly don’t. I had a cup of coffee with a couple of organizations when I was a player where hockey wasn’t a big deal. You lose nobody cares. You win nobody cares. That’s the greatest thing about playing in a hockey market. They care! “And you know what? The city and the fans should be angry. As angry as we are. And our players are feeling it too. They’re upset too. “I love it. If you’re upset with their criticism then you can’t be OK when they are patting you on the back. “I’m all for it. Let ‘er go. Two guns blazing.” Eakins suggested the assembled take a good look at him. “Am I still mad at (Saturday night)? Yeah. Look at my face. I haven’t slept.” And then the zinger. “I love a good fight and I’m not going away soon.” So no firing the hockey coach in today’s paper. Part of Eakins message to the team this was what they’ve done to him. “They are greatly confusing me. I can show them clips where they have no compete level at all. I can show them clips of where our compete level is way more than I even expected. It’s doing nothing and then three minutes later being Superman.” One thing he decided which will be popular with the populace is that Taylor Hall-at-centre Ryan Smyth-on-the-first-line experiment is over. Hall Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will pick up where they left off when The Nuge headed for shoulder surgery last spring. “Are we done with Hall in the middle? Maybe not. Maybe so. We’ll see where it goes” said Eakins. “As we did with Hall early we thought it was important playing a new position to put some veterans around him. Now with Nugent-Hopkins coming back it’s good to give him some players he’s familiar with. “The second part of it is Hall’s whole line he’d been playing with who were good in training camp have suffered a little bit early. So we’ll shake that up” he said of Hall and Smyth both being minus four in Vancouver. Due to the serious shortage of centres Hall averaged 21:46 in his first two games. “Now with Taylor back on the wing he’s is firmly going to have to be at the top of his game to earn his ice time.”