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Oilers at the Mid-season Mark

The Edmonton Oilers have finished last for the last two seasons and now with injuries mounting, the team has been in a bit of slide. Some are already expecting a third 30th place finish. It’s not as though the team has not been in games through their most recent roadtrip, but a loss by one goal is still a loss.

Just for fun, this is a comparison of the first half of this season for this year compared with the last two seasons.

2009-10    2010-11    2011-12   
OpponentOpponentsOilers  OpponentOpponentsOilers  OpponentOpponentsOilers 
Flames43  Flames04  Penguins12SO
Stars45SO Panthers23  Wild21 
Flames43SO Wild42  Canucks43 
Canadiens23  Flames53  Predators13 
Predators16  Wild42  Flames21 
Blackhawks43  Sharks61  Wild21SO
Wild25  Flames54SO Rangers02 
Canucks12  Blue Jackets32SO Canucks23 
Blue Jackets46  Blackhawks47  Capitals12 
Flames52  Canucks43  Avalanche13 
Canucks20  Red Wings31  Blues24 
Avalanche30  Blackhawks12  Kings03 
Red Wings56SO Hurricaines71  Coyotes42 
Bruins20  Red Wings62  Canadiens13 
Islanders31  Devils43OT Bruins63 
Rangers42  Rangers82  Red Wings30 
Avalanche35  Blackhawks50  Blackhawks63 
Senators43SO Coyotes43SO Senators52 
Sabres31  Ducks24  Blackhawks29 
Thrashers32  Coyotes50  Stars41 
Blue Jackets32SO Avalanche23  Predators26 
Avalanche46  Sharks43  Wild25 
Blackhawks52  Senators14  Avalanche52 
Coyotes04  Canadiens34OT Predators21 
Kings31  Maple Leafs05  Wild32SO
Sharks54SO Blues12OT Blue Jackets36 
Canucks73  Ducks32SO Flames53 
Red Wings14  Lightning34SO Hurricanes53 
Stars23SO Canucks21  Avalanche14 
Panthers23SO Maple Leafs41  Flames30 
Lightning23  Blue Jackets36  Coyotes42 
Blues35  Sharks21  Sharks32 
Kings32  Kings32SO Red Wings32 
Predators63  Canucks32  Wild14 
Capitals42  Sabres42  Caucks53 
Blues72  Avalanche43SO Wild43 
Wild31  Flames21  Islanders41 
Canucks41  Red Wings53  Blackhawks34 
Flames41  Islanders12  Sabres43 
Maple Leafs13  Canucks16  Blues43 
Flames21  Stars32  Stars41 
 132113   133106   119111




Loss by 1 goal71411
Loss by 2 goals855
loss by 3 or more779

The most obvious difference between this year and the two previous is goals against, but with the Oilers’ defence suffering setback after setback goals against have been mounting. Secondly would have to be the decrease in close games. Previously, the Oilers went to shootouts or overtime 8 times in 2009-10 and 10 in 2010-11. This year, that total is 3 in 2011-12.

There are still 41 games to go, but the Oilers are without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for a month due to a shoulder injury, Jordan Eberle and Tom Gilbert will be missing a number of games due to knee injuries, Alex Plante is out with a concussion and Cam Barker (2months) and Ryan Whitney are out with ankle injuries. Eberle’s injury occurred Saturday and the Oilers have yet to make any announcement as to the severity of the injury or how long he is expected to miss, so there is a chance that Eberle may in fact be alright. I don’t think that anyone is counting on that.

The most alarming thing has to be the number of injuries sustained by Oilers players. With the top players out due to shoulder and ankle injuries, winning games becomes that much more difficult and it is up to the rest of the team to pull together as best they can.

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Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.

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