The Sked Ahead: Pacific Division crown within reach for Oilers with six games remaining
By Cam Lewis7 months ago
Welcome to April!
The Oilers were tasked with a difficult month of March and they answered with their strongest stretch of play that we’ve seen from them this season. They went 12-2-1 and have pulled themselves into the mix for not just the best record in the Pacific Division, but the Western Conference as a whole.
There are six games left on Edmonton’s calendar for the 2022-23 regular season and four of them are against basement teams. The Oilers have a prime chance to sprint to the finish line and earn themselves home-ice advantage through the first three rounds of the playoffs.
- A home game against the Ducks.
The Oilers are currently in the midst of a two-game homestand against teams from Los Angeles. They beat the Kings on Thursday and they’ll host the Ducks on Saturday. Anaheim went 3-8-2 during the month of March and own a 23-42-10 record for the season.
This should be a win for the Oilers but, as we learned earlier in the season, nothing is guaranteed.
- A four-game road trip through Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose, and Colorado.
After Saturday’s game, the Oilers will hit the road for a four-game swing with two games against contending teams and two games against basement dwellers.
The trip starts with a back-to-back as the Oilers play their fourth and final regular-season game with the Kings on Tuesday before heading to Anaheim to face the Ducks on Wednesday. They’re off for a couple of days before a Saturday afternoon matinee in San Jose and then the trip wraps up next Tuesday in Colorado with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Kings and Avs are both tough tests and sweeping this four-game swing would be a statement for the Oilers ahead of the playoffs.
- The regular season finale at home against the Sharks.
The Oilers will return home to host the Sharks for their final game of the season. Edmonton has beaten San Jose in both of their meetings so far this season and the Sharks should be an easy two points to wrap things up.
- What does it all mean?
My hope for the month of March was that the Oilers would win 10 of their 15 games and that they’d do well in their four-point games against Pacific Division foes. They won 12 games and pulled off commanding wins over the Kings and Golden Knights and now the best record in the West is within reach.
Given the way the team has been playing lately, it certainly isn’t out of the question to expect the Oilers to sweep the remaining six games on their schedule.
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