February 10 2014 10:58AM
|1||* - Abbotsford Heat||50||31||15||3||1||66||0.660||156||136||0-1-0-0||6-2-2-0||5-1||604|
|2||* - Grand Rapids Griffins||49||30||15||2||2||64||0.653||163||123||1-0-0-0||4-5-1-0||2-2||653|
|3||* - Toronto Marlies||48||28||16||2||2||60||0.625||139||127||0-1-0-0||5-5-0-0||4-2||904|
|11||Oklahoma City Barons||49||21||22||1||5||48||0.490||148||169||5-0-0-0||7-3-0-0||1-5||817|
|13||San Antonio Rampage||48||19||21||3||5||46||0.479||134||151||4-0-2-2||5-1-2-2||7-5||729|
|14||Lake Erie Monsters||47||20||23||0||4||44||0.468||121||148||0-2-0-0||3-6-0-1||4-4||1012|
While the Oilers are on their Olympic break, the OKC Barons have won five straight to get themselves back in the playoff race. I caught up with head coach Todd Nelson to get an update on his team, but mainly we discussed how some individual players have been performing.
February 07 2014 01:15PM
Ilya Bryzgalov will start tonight in New Jersey. The stats suggest it makes sense to start him instead of going back-to-back with Ben Scrivens, but considering the Oilers are winning by getting out shot, I wonder if combining that along with going back to Scrivens would guarantee a win.
We'll never know, but it is good to look at the possibilities.
February 06 2014 12:35PM
In theory, outshooting the opposition will increase your chances of success, but for short windows that isn't always the case. The Oilers are 4-3-1 in their last eight games. In the five games they picked up at least one point they were out shot 204-124. They gave up 16 more shots per game (40.8-24.8), but they got nine of a possible ten points.
In the three losses they outshot their opponents twice, 58-56, leaving the loss to Boston as the only game where getting outshot meant a loss.
The Oilers are bucking the shooting trend lately and seeing success, so maybe they should continue to do so, considering how well it has worked for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
February 05 2014 02:01PM
The Oilers have allowed a league-high 10 shorthanded goals so far. When you combine that with a struggling powerplay over the last 33 games, you can understand why many Oilers fans are frustrated.
I've noticed many suggest that coaching has to be the issue with the PP woes. Dallas Eakins wasn't here last year when the PP was 8th, and only allowed one SH goal.
Is Eakins the problem?
February 03 2014 01:12PM
Once again the Oilers find themselves in a battle for the basement of the NHL standings. For the fourth time in the last five seasons the Oilers will spend February, March and April jockeying for draft positioning rather than a spot in the playoffs. Fans are frustrated of watching it, we are fatigued of writing about it, and I'm certain the players are tired of living it, but ultimately it will be up to them to avoid this scenario next season.