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Are the Edmonton Oilers at risk of another disappointing finish?

9 décembre 2019
Unlike previous years, Edmonton Oilers fans haven't had a lot to complain about this season. The team sits atop of the Pacific Division with 40 points, they have the NHL's top-two leading scorers in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl and they have received breakout years from the likes of Oscar Klefbom, Ethan Bear, and Zack Kassian.

All in all, things have been pretty good in Edmonton so far. It is definitely a big improvement from last season, where they finished 25th in league standings with just 79 points. Is the Oilers' 2019-20 season really that different, though?

The Oilers have played 32 games this season, and have a record of 18-10-4. Compare that to last season, where after 32 games, they had a record of 17-12-3.

It was around the 32-game mark, where things began to go south in a hurry for the Oilers, two of the team's top defencemen, Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell had suffered injuries in the same game and, subsequently, were placed on the long-term injured reserve. Things got worse from there. A loss to the Vancouver Canucks in game 34 kicked off a six-game losing streak for Edmonton, coming at a time where the Pacific Division was tight, and games were starting become a lot more important. They were able to crawl back into the win column for a couple of games, but were unable to string together more than two wins in a row.

Edmonton quickly found themselves outside of the playoff picture. In game 48, a loss to the Calgary Flames kicked off yet another six-game losing streak, and the Oilers had dug themselves a hole that they would not be able to climb out of. Following the loss to the Flames, Edmonton went 11-18-5 to finish the season.

Are the Oilers at risk of history repeating itself?

At this point, it appears unlikely. From what we have seen so far this season, this is a very different Oilers team. This Oilers team has yet to lose more than two consecutive games this season. On four occasions this season, they have dropped two back-to-back games, only to show their resiliency and pull out a win, putting an abrupt stop to a possible losing skid.

Barring a long-term injury to a key contributor such as Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, or Mikko Koskinen, we shoule see the Oilers back in the playoffs come April.
Will Edmonton make the playoffs?
FEBRUARY 16, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
SEBASTIAN AHO
2 1 3
PATRIC HORNQVIST
2 1 3
LEON DRAISAITL
1 2 3
BRADY TKACHUK
1 2 3
JOSH ARCHIBALD
2 - 2
ADAM HENRIQUE
2 - 2
JOEY ANDERSON
1 1 2
MASON APPLETON
1 1 2
NATHAN BEAULIEU
1 1 2
SIDNEY CROSBY
1 1 2
DEREK GRANT
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
1 1 2
JOHAN LARSSON
1 1 2
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1 1 2
KYLE PALMIERI
1 1 2
MIRO HEISKANEN
- 2 2
DMITRY KULIKOV
- 2 2
COLIN MILLER
- 2 2
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
- 2 2
KEVIN ROONEY
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
59 95
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 82
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
NATHAN MACKINNON
57 80
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 78
BRAD MARCHAND
60 75
JACK EICHEL
58 74
PATRICK KANE
59 74
NIKITA KUCHEROV
57 72
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 71
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 42
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 42
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
57 40
LEON DRAISAITL
59 34
JACK EICHEL
58 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
59 61
JOHN CARLSON
58 54
BRAD MARCHAND
60 52
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 49
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
58 69
ROMAN JOSI
58 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
57 49
ALEX PIETRANGELO
59 47
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
CALE MAKAR
49 42
VICTOR OLOFSSON
44 38
NICK SUZUKI
61 38
DOMINIK KUBALIK
57 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 25
JORDAN BINNINGTON
42 24
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
44 24
CAREY PRICE
50 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
28 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
42 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
27 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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