Are the Edmonton Oilers actually this bad?

The article Mike Brophy wrote for the Hockey News recently got me thinking about the Oilers and whether they’re actually as bad as their record suggests. He essentially said that it’s absurd how bad the Oilers are after drafting first overall four times in the past six years, and that the league should do something to ensure that teams aren’t constantly rewarded for their ineptitude. He also talked about a coach named Scott McLellan and the Columbus Blue Jackets selecting Erik Johnson first overall in 2006, but that’s beside the point. 

When I watch the Oilers, I don’t see a basement team. I certainly don’t see a playoff team, but I have a hard time believing that this team is as bad as it was last year, and frankly, I’m confused as to why their record is so poor. In total, the Oilers have lost 17 games this season. Of those 17 losses, eight of them have been by one goal, and only four have been by more than two goals. And when you take away empty net insurance goals, the Oilers have lost 11 games by one goal. Let’s break down each of those losses further to see who this team actually is.

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(I’m going to look at each of the Oilers’ 17 losses and try to determine whether they deserved to lose or win, or if it was too close and easily could have gone either way. Feel free to disagree with my analysis of how each game should have gone. I link to the statistical breakdown to each individual game so everyone can come up with their own way to categorize each of these 17 losses.)

Oct. 8, 2015: 3-1 loss in St. Louis. The Oilers took the lead late in the first period, then the Blues tied the game in the second, took the lead in the third, and added an empty net insurance goal with 18 seconds to go in the game. The Blues had 43 even strength shot attempts while the Oilers had 39, and the Blues outshot the Oilers 31 to 25 in all situations. This game was pretty tight, but the Oilers were outplayed slightly. I’ll put it in the “could go either way category.”

Oct. 10, 2015: 2-0 loss in Nashville. The Predators scored one goal late in the second period and one more in the third on their way to a 2-0 shutout win. The Oilers had 42 even strength shot attempts while the Predators had 38, and the Oilers outshot the Predators 31 to 26 in all situations. In the third period of this game, the Oilers had an all situations Corsi For percentage of 78.6 per cent. Much like the first game, this one was pretty tight. Outside of a pretty horrible first period, the Oilers outplayed Nashville, so this could have gone either way. 

Oct. 13, 2015: 4-2 loss in Dallas. The Stars took a 2-0 lead, but the Oilers tied it up before the end of the second period. Dallas took the lead again with under five minutes to go in the game, then added an empty net insurance goal with under one minute left. Dallas outshot the Oilers heavily in this game, 52 to 28 in situations and 40 to 21 at even strength. The score makes this game seem closer than it really was, so I would say the Oilers deserved to lose this game. 

Oct. 15, 2015: 4-2 loss to St. Louis. The Oilers took a 1-0 load in the first period, then St. Louis scored goals in the first, second, and third period to take a 3-1 lead. Edmonton added one more goal in the third, but St. Louis countered with another goal of their own and won the game 4-2. The Blues outshot the Oilers 29 to 26 in all situations and 25 to 19 at even strength. The Blues also posted a 57.6 Corsi For percentage at even strength. I think this game also wasn’t quite as tight as the score suggested. Despite the total shot counter being close, St. Louis was dominant at even strength and in possession. I’ll give the Oilers a loss on this one. 

Oct. 23, 2015: 7-4 loss to Washington. The Oilers and Capitals went back and forth with goals in the first period, but in the second period, Washington scored three in a row to take a 6-3 lead. Each team added one more goal and the final score ended up being 7-4. This game was marked by some pretty horrible goaltending, as Anders Nilsson allowed six goals on 17 shots and Philipp Grubauer allowed four goals on 19 shots. Shots and possession were pretty equal throughout the game, as Washington slightly edged Edmonton 19 to 18 in even strength shots, while both teams posted a 50.0 Corsi For percentage. The Oilers weren’t outplayed, and this game easily could have gone either way had it not been for terrible goaltending from Nilsson.  

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Oct. 25, 2015: 3-2 loss to Los Angeles. The Oilers took the lead in the first period before L.A. added a couple of goals to take a lead of their own. In the third, Edmonton tied the game, but L.A. quickly answered and won 3-2. The Oilers were outshot 34 to 28 in all situations and 25-21 at even strength. The second period was dominated by the Kings, as they boasted an 81.2 even strength Corsi For percentage in the period. L.A. outplayed Edmonton, but it can go under the either way category. 

Oct. 27, 2015: 4-3 loss in Minnesota. The Wild took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the Oilers answered back with a goal in the first, second, and third period to take a 3-2 lead. Minnesota eventually scored a couple in the third period to win the game 4-3. Minnesota outshot Edmonton 28 to 25 in all situations and 23 to 18 at even strength, while also posting a 55.3 even strength Corsi For percentage. Just like the game above, this one was tight, and could have gone either way. 

Oct. 31, 2015: 5-4 loss to Calgary. The Oilers battled back from a 4-2 deficit in the third period and looked to have forced overtime, but Michael Frolik scored a hideous goal from behind the net with nine seconds to go in the game, giving the Flames the 5-4 win. While the Oilers and Flames posted similar possession numbers in all situations, Calgary outshot Edmonton 24 to 16 at even strength and 32 to 23 overall. This was a terrible situation. The Oilers were outplayed throughout the game by the Flames, but despite that, they appeared to be on their way to overtime before allowing a last second soft goal. While they did deserve the loss for the way they played, they should have at least received a loser point. 

Nov. 6, 2015: 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. The Oilers scored the first goal of the game in the second period, but Pittsburgh answered with two more and eventually won 2-1. The Penguins outshot the Oilers 27 to 20 at even strength, and 33 to 28 overall, and also dominated the possession game, posting an even strength Corsi For percentage of 57.0 per cent. The Oilers were dominated in the first period, but played better in the second and third. That said, I don’t think the Oilers played well enough to say this could have gone either way, so I’ll give them a loss. 

Nov. 8, 2015: 4-2 loss in Chicago. The Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, then the teams exchanged goals in the third before Chicago eventually won 4-2. The Oilers outshot Chicago 31-24 at even strength and 36-28 overall, and also posted an even strength Corsi For percentage of 52.6 per cent. The Oilers dominated the second period, outshooting Chicago 22 to six, all at even strength. This one was tight and could have gone either way. 

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Nov. 12, 2015: 4-1 loss in Arizona. After taking a 1-0 lead in the first period, Edmonton allowed four unanswered goals and Arizona took the game with a 4-1 win. Edmonton outshot Arizona 23-14 at even strength and 28-21 overall, and they also dominated the possession game, putting up a 61.1 even strength Corsi For percentage. Mike Smith was the difference in this game, as he saved 27 of 28 shots, while Anders Nilsson allowed four goals on 21 shots. The Oilers were the better team in this game, but unfortunately, their goalie was poor and Arizona’s was good. I’ll put this in the deserved to win category. 

Nov. 14, 2015: 4-3 loss in Los Angeles. The Kings took a had a 3-1 lead in the second period before the Oilers battled back to tie the game 3-3 with under five minutes to go in the game. With just under two minutes to go, L.A. took a 4-3 lead and won the game. The overall shots were close, but L.A. was pretty dominant at even strength, outshooting Edmonton 24-17. The Oilers were terrible in the first period, dominant in the second, and the two teams were evenly matched in the third. Cam Talbot wasn’t very good, allowing four goals on 28 shots. This is a tough one, so I’ll put it in the either way category. 

Nov. 18, 2015: 4-3 OT loss to Chicago. The Hawks grabbed a 2-0 lead, the Oilers battled back to tie it at 2-2 in the second, then the two teams exchanged goals in the third before Chicago won in overtime. Edmonton outshot Chicago 29 to 23 at even strength and 37 to 27 overall, and also posted a 56.2 even strength Corsi For percentage. The Oilers led in all situations shot attempts in each of the three regulation periods, and dominated the third. I think Marian Hossa should have been called offside, but regardless, Edmonton was the better team in this game and deserved the win. 

Nov. 23, 2015: 1-0 loss in Washington. The only goal in this game came from Washington with under 10 minutes to go in the third period. Braden Holtby was fantastic, saving all 33 shots he faced. The total shots were close at 33-30, but Edmonton dominated the first and second periods in terms of possession, ultimately finishing the game with a 55.7 even strength Corsi For percentage. This was a pretty close game, so I’ll put it in the either way category even though Edmonton was the better team. 

Nov. 25, 2015: 4-1 loss in Carolina. This game was a carbon copy of the Arizona game in terms of scoring, as the Oilers scored the first goal of the game in the first period and allowed four unanswered goals, including an empty netter, eventually losing 4-1. Edmonton’s best period was the third in which they had 26 shot attempts in comparison to Carolina’s 16, but the Hurricanes outshot them in both the first and second period. Edmonton outshot Carolina in all situations 31 to 27, but the Hurricanes had more shots and better possession numbers at even strength. So I’ll put this in the deserved to lose category. 

Nov. 27, 2015: 4-3 OT loss in Detroit. The Wings scored the first two goals of the game, the Oilers answered back soon after with two of their own, then each team scored another before Detroit eventually won the game 4-2 in overtime. Detroit controlled the game in a very lopsided first period, posting a 76.2 even strength Corsi For percentage, and Edmonton was dominant in the third, posting a 60.6 even strength Corsi For percentage. Detroit ended up leading in total shots 32 to 24, but the possession numbers suggest a much closer game, as the Wings just edged the Oilers 47 to 45 in even strength shot attempts. The shot counter suggests that Detroit dominated, but the possession numbers say otherwise. I’ll put this in the either way category. 


Nov. 30, 2015: 3-0 loss in Toronto. The Leafs scored a goal in the first and third period, then capped it off with an empty netter with just over a minute to go to earn a 3-0 win. Toronto outshot Edmonton 26 to 24 in total, but Edmonton outshot them 22 to 18 at even strength, and also posted an even strength Corsi For percentage of 53.1. Just like the game above, the possession numbers suggest a better fate for Edmonton, but it could have gone either way. 

CONCLUSION 

All in all, of the 17 games the Oilers have lost, I think they certainly deserved to lose five of them, they deserved to win two of them, and the other 10 were too close to call and could have gone either way. When you break down their wins, you’ll also find a few games that could have gone in the other team’s favour that the Oilers didn’t necessarily deserve to win. That said, 10 close games tipping in the favour of the opposing team suggests that the Oilers have been getting terrible luck. 


This is a team that’s 20th in the league in even strength Corsi For percentage, right around San Jose, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh. They also boast the fourth worst even strength PDO in the league thanks to a pretty terrible team save percentage of 91.18 and a mediocre team shooting percentage of 6.90. Obviously this is a somewhat subjective analysis as to how the outcome of games should shake out, but with all of it considered, you have a team that doesn’t deserve to have a record as bad as 10-15-2. If I had to venture a guess, I would say they should end up around 20th overall, right where their possession numbers have them ranked in the league. Certainly not a playoff team, but also not the surefire first overall picking lottery team that Mike Brophy is suggesting. 


    • Orm Nullman

      I don’t think that is true.

      Their is luck in sports. Anyone can win on any given night. It is not always the best team that wins, in a single game.

      Look at the playoffs, if the best team always won, the champion would sweep all the series every year.

      Oilers beat Dallas the other night, but they should not have. Other games, they deserved a win, and lost.

      The Oilers have had some bad luck this year. We have deserved to win a few more then we have.

    • S cottV

      Take away the first 4 games. And what do you have? A 500 team. And how may years does it take a generational player to have success? And is he even playing right now. Let’s be patient.

  • Serious Gord

    Of course thy aren’t as bad as the record shows. But even if they had less bad luck they probably are in the running to win the number one again.

    And brophy is correct. Edms record – accurate or not – is irrelevant to the point he makes: bad teams shouldn’t be rewarded for being bad.

    That said as the NHL is a cooperative venture of 30 owners some effort to help the struggling teams has been deemed necessary. Unfortunately the system that was implemented was too generous and thus became a distorting incentive. Changes have been made and more needs to be done – as brophy argues.

    My suggestion has long been a return to how it was done the year after the post season – one ball in the drum for every position in the standings. Last place would have 30 balls; first place – 1.

    That noted it is a disgrace that EDM now has 4 #1s on the roster (must be a record) and likely will not make the playoffs for a record ten seasons. The oil are quite deserving of laughing stock status.

    • hagar

      ???

      So we should give the 1st pick overall every year to the team that wins the cup. We reward success.

      That is a stupid argument. No team wants to be in last place. And the draft is a good way to help them out of sucking. The thing about the Oilers is our organization has been terrible over the year, especially our pro scouting. Our GM’s have been terrible too.

      • Serious Gord

        They should have a chance to. Any system is arbitrary. And even though it would be highly remote 1 in 470, their fanbase would be watching draft day.

        Certainly not “giving” them the pick.

        Buffalo certainly wanted to be in last place last season. We need to remove that incentive.

    • scott5017

      And after tomorrow’s win they will be 25th. Negative nancy!

      Edit* They will also be 2 wins ahead of the nucks who are having a much worse season than us. GG loser points.

  • The Last Big Bear

    This entire article could have been replaced with video of a kid getting his *** kicked by his big brother, over and over and over again, and after every time saying “that didn’t hurt”.

  • 24% body fat

    I like how much work you have committed to fleshing out some dynamic aspects of the games,seeking some diagnostic perspective trying to sniff out weak links.

    What is required is a process which ensures that more is less,in terms of data integration.

    The extra 1-2 goals needed must be divined out of what we HAVE not what we do not have…..we must find the offense we need from WITHIN the existing volume of process.Within EVERY game you listed there are FIVE more goals available at a minimum.Only a blind man sees nothing in a mirror,its time to stop looking outside of our own reflection for answers.

    Over to our favorite teacher,Lord Bacon…..everybody loves Bacon!!

    ” Science is much injured by the over early and peremptory reduction of knowledge into arts and method; from which time commonly sciences receive small or no augmentation. But as young men, when they knit and shape perfectly, do seldom grow to a further stature; so knowledge, while it is in aphorisms and observations, it is in growth; but when it once is comprehended in exact methods, it may perchance be further polished and illustrated, and accomodated for use and practice, but it increaseth no more in bulk and substance.”

    I know,I know , its not the kind of Bacon you are used to but,just give it a try,there is no such thing as bad Bacon….lol.

    We have a nice beginning here….now show me in every single game,how where and why the 5 missing goals managed to elude us.We KNOW THEY ARE IN EACH GAME.We arent “missing” anything…we have an “overabundance” of something possibly huh that is keeping those 5 goals just out of sight and mind?

    Ya simply have to much data,to many miles of conduit,not enough line pressure to maintain an even flow and positive pressure.

    To many cooks in the Kitchen?

    To many fingers in the Pie?

    I Say…I Say..I Say…I see a whole lotta feather but not much Chicken…yup!

    The Oilers have more option and opportunity than they know what to do with…..they do not have a competative System Management Program…they are trying to compete in an evolving NHL where NewAge Philosophies and concepts have been manifesting within the Winningest Teams which have severely reduced their data volume and structures, but the Oilers are keeping things traditional and olde fashioned and they have grown in areas others have lost mass in, big thick wires are running all over the place floor to ceiling,conduits criss-crossing every single inch of structure,like a massive suffocating spider-web.

    This is why Mac-L has for 3 games in a row simplified things as much as he could…..and he is slowly seeing things level out now….KISS….he REDUCED HIS VOLUME OF INCOMING DATA…and the Boat trimmed out for him.He stopped ADDING MORE CEREBRAL WEIGHT TO HIS PROCESS.

    Excellent article…wonderfull to see you digging down below the statistical surface of the game…..I puked a little when I read the word Corgi though….because that BS ruins all your good work,it taints everything a darker shade than it needs to be,adds nothing but bulk .Try Bacon instead of Corgi…you might like it more.

  • Armchair_Gm

    What about the games they wont but deserved to lose, like last night for example where they basically let the best offensive team in the league do what they want, well except Nilsson that is. Boston outplayed them to i thought. Didnt see you mention that, not biased at all eh?

    • hagar

      How many games did Detroit win because Dominic did back flip paddle saves?

      Anders did step number one that every single competitive team does.. they have games saved by individuals on the team once in a while.

      The Dallas game should have been 7-1, but it wasn’t because a part of the team did his job. He is still a part of the team, and still got us a win.

      There should just as easily be games when Leon and Taylor combine for 6 points, and Anders racks up a .882 goals against.

      The more strength we get at every position, is the more we can afford to have someone under perform, and still compete.

      Get this freakin team firing on 7 cylinders, and they will be like every other team in the league. Some games Anders is the dead cylinder, and the rest fire, another he is firing, and a dman gives away a couple goals.

      The key is to have a team that knows how to carry each other when something isn’t right, and not simply shut down because of it.

  • CMG30

    The Oilers are not as bad as their record. And if and when we get healthy, I think we should be able to play at a 500 level, or even slightly above.

    As it is right now, I think we will be in the 20-25th place finish area.

    Anyway, once we win the draft lottery again, everything will be fine. Our goal differential puts us 24th in the league right now, and I believe that is about where we actually fit. Might have been a bit higher too, if McDavid would not have gotten hurt.

    We have had some tough luck so far. Even the leafs game, we hit 4 posts? Not even credited with a shot, but beat the goalie clean, with no reward. It will come around though, and so will RNH and ebs. Once we are healthy, I think we will start to see the wins start rolling in on a consistent basis. And our Defense is improving as well. Fayne and Ference need to go though.

  • lav

    Bad breaks all season for the Oilers. Plenty of bad reffing calls to go along with it. Both LA games come to mind. LA gets away with a lot of the same infraction the Oilers get called for in those games. Not to mention the ridiculous last second disallowed goal that was clearly a goal. That win could have changed the trajectory of the Oilers season. The Oilers also lost a lot of momentum after that Calgary loss. Again bad reffing with the obscure goalie interference call. The Oilers have been cursed since Pronger left.

  • 24% body fat

    Oilers will win lottery again , as it should be . Oilers would have had only two if Bettman and gang had left it as it was – last team gets first pick . Serves the league right for changing it and giving us 4 instead of two . This year will make it 5 if we win . Tanking has failed , or just opened more ground/space for those that might want to do it and tempt the odds . Oilers the benefactor of changing rules for drafting . You want to gripe go after Bettman .

  • hagar

    How is Edmonton supposed to get better when all NHL players want to play in California or New York. Oilers never make the short list of trade destinations. What does the league expect? I’m sick of articles like this. Maybe for once all good NHL talent from Edmonton and area might actually want to help this team out.

    That’s what’s frustrating. I personally don’t want another 1st pick, I want this team to start winning!

    • Serious Gord

      Football players seem to want to play in places like Green Bay. Many if not most pros want to play for a winning we’ll run organization. EDM is neither. If it becomes both it will have little difficultly attracting and retaining stars.

      • hagar

        Yep!! Figure out how to play with compete first, then spend the riches on players that would then consider coming here.

        Watching Montreal, their team is made up of virtual no bodies beyond price and pk, yet the entire team knows how to play. They don’t need household names making up their top 6 to be competitive year after year, they have a team that plays like they want to win.

          • hagar

            Well ya, I meant more so that they don’t have a stable of household known names like we do.

            I am sure lots of households out east know them, but it’s more to do with them playing as a solid team, and not as much to do with Nike commercials and such.

            Of course PK and Price go without saying as an exception.

  • Jaxon

    The Oilers are one of the most injured teams in the NHL this year with high impact players being out for extended periods: McDavid (45 games?), Eberle (13), Schultz (14), Hendricks (10), Yakupov (12?), Pouliot (5?).

    Also, the Oilers have really been rocked by injuries this season. And if you count not figuring out who should be in the lineup for the first 10 games or so, it’s even more drastic.

    Top 13 Forwards:

    McDavid – 14 games and counting,
    Eberle – 13 games,
    Draisaitl – 10 games,
    Yakupov – 5 games and counting,
    Pouliot – 3 games and counting.
    Hendricks – 10 games,
    Korpikoski – 8 games,
    Pakarinen – 8 games,
    Nugent-Hopkins – 1 game.
    That’s 72 man-games with 3 regulars out still.

    Top 7 D:
    Schultz – 14 games,
    Nurse – 9 games,
    Sekera – 1 game,
    Fayne – 3 games,
    Davidson – 11 games,
    Gryba 4 games.
    That’s 42 man-games.

  • hagar

    Anybody else getting a little sick of the Calgary “gets every bounce” flames?

    They tie the game with 1.2 seconds left against Boston last night in a game they should have left with nothing, they bank one in off of talbot from behind the net with 9 seconds left to take the lead, I could go on forever. This kind of thing doesn’t seem to ever happen to any team but Calgary, when do we ever get a bounce like that? When we need a bounce the puck rings off the post and that’s all she wrote. We should be better than our dismal record, and Calgary should be worse than their dismal record. Yet they consistently get points they don’t deserve simply because they get random lucky bounces at very opportune times.

    Or maybe it’s just me and the fact I hate the flames with a passion.

    At least it’s 5-1 us in the only stat that matters.

    • The Last Big Bear

      Oh, the irony is rich here. An Oilers fan complaining about another team succeeding through luck.

      Lucky bounces at the draft lottery are literally the ONLY success the Oilers have had in a decade.

      The Flames would be 4 points behind without their lucky bounces?

      The Oilers would be in Seattle.

      • hagar

        The thing is.. All that needs to be highlighted here is the fact that YOU HAVE 1 CUP IN 35 YEARS.. So I guess “litterally the ONLY success” the flames have had in the better part of four decades is 1989. I’d be bitter too

        also I wouldn’t say you’re record of 10-14-2 is exactly “succeeding through luck”, rather it’s taken a lot of lucky bounces just to arrive at your bottom feader record.. And that’s with a primarily healthy line up, something we haven’t experienced yet this year.

        • Zarny

          The Oil may have won more cups (even though none this century) but they have pretty much sullied all their past accomplishments by being the joke of the league for the past 10 years. No team in modern history has sucked as bad as the Oil – both on or off the ice (re: being managed by a bunch of clowns). But hey there’s only a few tier 1 fans in Edm anyway so the rest better shut up because according to Kblowe they don’t matter and they deserve to be served this crap.

      • Orm Nullman

        Irony? Irony!

        Last year on this date the Oilers were GP-26, W-6, L-15, OT-5, for P-17 and last place in the league. Flames on the other hand were GP-27, W-17, L-8, OT-2 for P-36 and 7th overall in the league.

        This year the Oilers are currently GP-27, W-10, L-15, OT-2 for P-22 and last place in the League. Flames on the other hand are GP-26, W-10, L-14, OT-2 for P-22 and tied with Edmonton and Carolina for last place in the league.

        Irony is a Flames fan coming on to Oilers Nation and implying that the Flames are a success.

        By the way how is that Dougie Hamilton deal working out for you guys anyway?

        • .

          How’s Hamilton doing?

          2 games ago he scored the game tying goal with about 3 minutes left to complete the Flames rally, coming back from trailing 3-0 in the third gainst Dallas, which they went on to win in a shoot out. Last game he went end to end and set Gudreau up with an awesome feed for the overtime winner against Boston. He’s also plus 6 over the last 11 games. So after a slow start it looks like he is starting to be a big asset.

          • Orm Nullman

            So Dougie has turned out to be a big asset. Gee that’s great for Flames. Just imagine if the deal hadn’t worked out so well the Flames might be doing worse in the standings than being tied for las….. oh never mind.

    • TheoForever

      Funny as it gets coming from an Oiler fan. You guys just won 2 games that you had no business being in, all because your goalie stood on his head. Then again we know that will not last.

      You should have watched the Boston game which was one of the best in the NHL this season, then perhaps you would know what you are talking about.

      As for luck, in previous game against Dallas, Flames were down by 3. Despite having hit the iron 5 times in the second Flames didn’t fold the tent like your joke of a team would have.

      Flames completely dominated Stars for the final 2 periods, and finally the puck started going in.
      This is what happens when you show heart, perseverance and determination, something your team knows nothing about.

      • hagar

        You mad bro?

        You know what will help that? Mind your own business, and go back to your own “site.”

        I choose not to listen to things people say I have zero interest in, such as flamesnation.

        I checked that “site” out once, and I saw the entire front page of articles, with the most having 10 replies to an article.

        Go find yourself some real fans to back you up before coming here to trash ours.

      • Lofty

        Fair argument stating that Edmonton had no business being in the Dallas game, although if Calgary was missing half of their top six I’m sure they would have no business even being 28th in the league, which is no feat might I add.

        It would make sense that you know so much about having no business being in games, as that was you’re entire season last year. Outplayed, outchanced, outshot every game and yet somehow, the flames lucked their way into the playoffs and even luckier, got to play the only team actually worse than them, the Canucks, in the first round. But luckily, as everyone and their dog saw coming, Calgary (the new Colorado from 2013) is back in the bottom of the league where they belong, even with multiple fluke wins on this young season already.

        If you’re looking for a brightside, or something to look forward to for your eternally mediocre organization, it’s that history suggests you may win a cup this century, which would astonishingly double your total

  • .

    5 points out of the playoffs and McDavid coming back may help erase that gap.

    Speaking of Connor, when can we start the pool for his return game?

    I’m betting it’ll be against Calgary on December 27th.

  • 24% body fat

    anyone have the inside scoop on tyson baillie.

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=145115

    all he does is score goals. A little undersized but is apparently gritty. Flames invited him to camp last year.

    He is from Edmonton, and a right handed rw and center which we need in the system. cant let free matured assets get away from us.

    Stop with the Kesseys, sign and draft skill, trade for size when you have an abundance of skill.

    All the US and college players we have are crap with the exception of Laggeson, Vessel was at least a good bet.

  • Soiled Trousers

    I think we will improve greatly when everyone (especially McDavid) is healthy. I think PC will be making a few trades in the next few weeks and we will see a fair bit of dead wood culled from the team. The second half of the season will see a big change in our fortunes. As for Matthews – do we REALLY need another underage, undersized left winger? I don’t think so. Let’s trade this pick for something we truly need. We are NOT as bad as some seem to think – we are still only 5 points away from a playoff spot.

    • 24% body fat

      While Matthews value as an asset is nice, your right we need help else where.

      Matthews- Left handed shot, trade pick for number on d plus other prospects

      Laine- This is one of two guys the oilers need, huge RW

      Puljajarvi – The other player, huge RW, not as big and currently not as prolific as Laine

      Chechryn – Oil could use him but he is left handed. If we take him flip Reinhart for a RH D prospect, or a bag of puck

      Tkachuk – If we passed on Barzal dont think we take him, Barzal was right handed which we needTkachuk is not.

      Best option is to trade pick if we have top 5.

  • Serious Gord

    I’ve been an Oiler’s fan since the early WHA and more than anything I want them to win.

    I think it’s important for the players to know a game loss was close, or tight or whatever, but the simple fact is they lost and that can’t in any way be acceptable. A loss can’t be marginalized, or forgiven because it was close.

    If anything it’s these close losses that scream to me that this team has and lives a losing culture right now. “Why is it they can’t go that extra step at a crucial moment when the games on the line”? A close loss says there good enough, but that’s the issue that needs the answer. They’ve proven they can win big games with the current roster, coach and effort. Why isn’t that sustainable when the other team makes a comeback in the game?

    At the end of the day they lost. It’s like an Olympic silver medal, you’ll take it with dignity, but you know you lost.

    I think that Bettman O/T loss point also drives home that there are acceptable losses. How many times do we hear teams say” Well we got a point anyways”. They just accepted that loss. That thinking needs to go-away, it doesn’t help or work.

    • 2 line pass

      Goal difference and number of decisive wins has been shown to be strongly correlated to future points. In fact, a stronger correlation than past points!(I think maybe coppernblue did this work). Being 20th in goal difference is a huge sign that the Oilers may start winning more.

      As for the loser point, you can’t blame a team for enjoying the point, since points are what they play for. They are obviously still twice as happy with 2 points. This is just a monumental error by Bettman that I can’t believe has existed this long.

  • 24% body fat

    To NewAgeSys:

    You must be fairly intelligent to take the time and do the research for that blog… now please take another grammar course that covers the difference between to and too.

    • Lofty

      Lol…all that good stuff but there had to be a wee litle snag in your pantyhose huh?…..lol.Dont get your TuTu all tied up in a knot…lol.

      You are most correct.

      I apologise for the glitches in the matirx…I am just afraid that if I take the time and effort edit my posts…well hell I might start taking them seriously when its all just great entertainment value.

  • 6zeppelin6

    This article makes no sense. They are as bad as there record because it’s there record. And they deserve every loss they have because they lost.

    I’m tired of excuses and garbage like ‘I feel they are better’

    Not good enough.

    Results are the only thing that matters in professional sports. Period

    • bradleypi

      Thank god someone finally said it. I also am tired of the ” but they are playing better” crowd. If Chiarelli would get these forwards some better dmen and bottom six players they would be winning those one goal games. Right now this roster isn’t good enough and I’m still waiting for Chiarelli to do ANYTHING to change this teams look. Doesn’t have to be a blockbuster, but getting some actual nhl defencemen would help!

    • hagar

      Participation ribbons suck.

      Tonight is a big night for the oilers!! It is another game they should have a great chance at winning.

      It will either give hope that they are figuring things out after a solid win or loss, or crush dreams if they stink it up as usual against a crappy team.

      The day they can beat a crappy team while playing the entire game with full intensity, is the day I allow myself to feel excited about the team again.

      • hagar

        All the Dallas Stars do is lose to crappy teams and there doing fine, also Montreal lost to Carolina last night so not losing to crappy teams happen, i think what you mean to say is i want my team to beat all the teams.