February 11 2016 12:52PM
The Oilers and Leafs are tied with 47 points, the fewest in the NHL, and no organizations have been more inept over the past 11 seasons. Since the Goodenow/Bettman lockout in 2005 both team have made only one playoff appearance. The Oilers went to the Cup Finals in 2006, while the Leafs lost in the first round in 2013.
This year marks the 10th time in the last 11 seasons they will sit on the sidelines and watch 16 teams battle for the Stanley Cup. The depressing news for both fans bases is that during their previous seven non-playoff seasons they haven't been close to competitive.
The Oilers have finished 28th, 28th, 24th, 29th, 30th, 30th and 21st, while the Leafs finished 27th, 23rd, 26th, 22nd, 29th, 24th and 24th.
The Oilers averaged a 27th place finish while the Leafs were a measly two spots higher at 25. It truly has been a decade of SUCK for both franchises.
February 10 2016 08:49PM
Historically, the Edmonton Oilers have been ghastly at developing goaltenders. In this century, exactly one goaltender has been developed through their system—and even then, he faltered long enough for the organization to lose him. Goalies are tough to figure out for the Edmonton Oilers. Let's have a look at this century.
February 10 2016 02:10PM
The NHL actually overturned this goal claiming it was goaltender interference. Seriously.
They claimed when Rasmussen's stick touched Jones for a millisecond it was goalie interference even though it is obvious Jones was not disrupted on the play. Jones didn't even complain, because he didn't even notice when he was touched.
Most thought they were reviewing it to see if the puck was kicked in. No one was thinking goalie interference, but the officials absurdly ruled it that way.
This is not the first goal we've seen a goal called off due to a weak/invisible goalie interference call, and the NHL needs to fix this before the playoffs.
February 10 2016 01:37PM
Last weekend, we bused 30 of the Nation's hero-e-ist® citizens down to Jasper in a mountain takeover that will live in infamy. Well... at least as much of it as we can remember. Livers were punished, slopes were shredded, and we can't thank everyone enough for helping make this trip a reality albeit a blurry one.
February 10 2016 07:00AM
Sometimes you dig around some numbers and find things you don’t expect, like a pair of Oilers defensemen doing really well by some important metric.
This is not one of those times. This is one of those times when you dig around some numbers and find things that confirm your belief that the Oilers are cursed and in need of an exorcism. This one is about Sekera and Fayne and some unbelievably bad luck while killing penalties.