Edmonton Oilers clinch playoff spot with win over Anaheim Ducks
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By Cam Lewis7 months ago
For the fourth consecutive season, the Edmonton Oilers are headed to the playoffs.
There hasn’t been any doubt for quite some time that the Oilers would reach the dance this spring but the team’s 6-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night officially punched Edmonton’s ticket.
The Oilers have now reached the playoffs in each of the four seasons since Ken Holland took over as the team’s general manager back in the spring of 2019. They suffered disappointing losses to the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets in the playoffs in 2020 and 2021 and reached the Western Conference Final in 2022.
Edmonton is currently riding its third-longest playoff streak in team history. The longest streak in team history started in the Oilers’ inaugural season in 1979-80 and lasted 13 seasons before they missed the playoffs for the first time in 1992-93. Their next-longest streak started a few years later, as the Oilers reached the playoffs in five consecutive seasons from 1996-97 to 2000-01.
The question for the Oilers with just under two weeks left in the 2022-23 regular season is how high they can finish in the standings. They have six games left and currently sit just two points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the best record in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference.
The Oilers have won their division six times in team history and all of those instances came during the 1980s when they finished at the top of the Smythe Division. The most recent of those six division banners came in 1986-87.
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