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Examining the Edmonton Oilers numbers

Wednesday, 09.19.2007 / 9:38 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


 

NHL.com's 2007-08 Oilers Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

Advantage Margin: -9
For a team that finished well out of the playoffs, the Oilers were pretty good at staying out of the penalty box, allowing only 382 power plays. But they drew only 373 and did very little with them — scoring only 53 times with the man advantage.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: -49
The Oilers took a beating at even strength. No returning Oiler had as many as 15 even-strength goals, and four players were minus-20 or worse. In all, the Oilers managed only 133 goals at even strength. 

Special Teams Goal Margin: -4
The Oilers went 4-for-67 on the power play in their last 20 games, so adding blue-line bomber Sheldon Souray (19 PPGs with Montreal) can only help. But the penalty-killers were terrific, allowing only 59 goals against.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 71
(12th West / 25th NHL)
Change From 2005-06 -24
Home Points 41
(10th West / 22nd NHL)
Road Points 30
(13th West / 26th NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 23
Marc-Andre Bergeron had eight of the 23 goals by defensemen — and he was traded in mid-February. Souray (26 with Montreal) and Joni Pitkanen (from Philadelphia) should bring more offense from the blue line.

Goals by forwards: 174
Ryan Smyth (31 before a deadline-day deal to the Islanders) and Petr Sykora (22 before signing with Pittsburgh) were the only Oilers to break the 20-goal mark. Edmonton needs newcomer Dustin Penner (29 goals with Anaheim) to live up to his big free-agent deal.

Overtime Record: 4-4-3 (OT: 1-4, SO: 3-3)
The Oilers played fewer games that went past regulation than any team except San Jose (8), and were tied with Ottawa and Philadelphia for the second-fewest post-regulation victories.

Times Scored First/Record: 40 (Record: 22-14-4)
The Oilers were tied for 20th in number of times scoring first, but were No. 1 in the dubious stat of most games lost in regulation when getting the first goal. They lost seven times each at home and on the road after opening the scoring.

Best 06-07 Number: 88.8
The Oilers’ penalty-killing percentage on the road, the best in the league. Edmonton allowed just 22 PPGs away from Rexall Place, the fewest in the Western Conference and only two more than New Jersey, the League leader.

Worst 06-07 Number: 25
Goals scored by the Oilers in their last 19 games, following the trade of Ryan Smyth. Edmonton fell completely out of the playoff race by going 2-16-1 in its last 19 games and didn’t win in regulation until its season finale in Calgary.

Scheduling:
The Oilers get a lot of their home games in clumps: They have a six-game homestand in February, a five-gamer in January and another five-gamer that starts in late February. Edmonton ends with four of its last five games on the road — though that’s still better than last season, when the Oilers finished with six in a row on the road.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Oilers Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

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