The Edmonton Oilers are going to have to figure it out in a hurry.

If there’s any chance of turning around a season quickly spiralling down the drain, they’re going to have to learn to play in their own end.

The Oilers have conceded a mind-boggling 75 goals in their first 19 games this season. And you can’t pin it all on the goaltender.

Unless Ilya Bryzgalov comes in and does a better job of turning aside point-blank scoring opportunities, the Oilers struggles are going to continue.

On Sunday they gave up far too many quality chances in a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“They’re really good in the offensive zone, they move the puck well,” said Oilers defenceman Philip Larsen. “They’re a team that has played together for a long time and they know each other well.

“They’re a tough team, but we should be able to any team in this league, an unfortunately, we weren’t able to do that (Sunday).”

Four of the Blackhawks five goals came from right in front of the Oilers net.

Brandon Saad was unattended between the hash marks when he batted a bouncing puck past Dubnyk to open the scoring. Andrew Shaw was set up alone in front by Saad for the Blackhawks second goal. Bryan Bickel was unmolested picking up a loose puck in front for the Blackhawks third goal. And Markus Kruger scored the fourth, left alone in front of Dubnyk with plenty of time to gather the puck and pull it around the Oilers goaltender.

The space in front of the net should be a no-fly zone for opponents, but for the Oilers it’s more like the Bermuda Triangle, the way they keep losing people in it.

Offensively, Larsen had a strong game, but he was on the ice for four goals, which nullified the three assists he picked up. He finished minus-three in the contest.

“There are positives and negatives,” Larsen said. “Our power play is going well right now, but at the same time, I’m on the ice when they scored four goals on us.

“I’m a defenceman, I have to try to limit their chances. Sometimes they make good plays and you have to accept it. But when you’re on the ice you have defensive responsibilities. To be on the ice when they score four goals on you is not acceptable as a defenceman.”

Larsen and Anton Belov had their issues, but they weren’t alone.

The Oilers don’t win a lot of battles along the boards and constantly turn the puck over in their end.

Once that happens, they start running around, and for whatever reason, forget to defend the front of the net.

“For us, we need to shore up some of those quality chances teams are getting,” said Oilers centre Sam Gagner. “We have to help out (Dubnyk) more in those areas.

“We have to be able to get the puck out and sometimes it’s a matter of make sure we’re supporting the puck. Sometimes it’s got to be a rim and it’s got to be a chip out of the zone.”