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Oilers were outstanding after regulation

Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


Advantage Margin -22

The Oilers gave up three more power plays than they received at home, but allowed opponents 19 more on the road.

Even-Strength Goals Margin -25

The Oilers had only one player, rookie Andrew Cogliano, with as many as 15 even-strength goals, and only Ales Hemsky (41) had more than 40 points with the teams at even strength.

Special Teams Goal Margin -2            

Edmonton's penalty killers did a fine job, finishing fifth overall at 84.7 percent and second at home (87.9 percent). The power play struggled at home, finishing 25th at 15.3 percent.

Goals by defensemen 35

The emergence of Tom Gilbert (13 goals) helped overcome the absence of Sheldon Souray, who went from 24 goals with Montreal in 2006-07 to three with the Oilers while playing in only 26 games due to injury.                            

The Oilers set an NHL record with 15 shootout victories, including an 8-1 mark at Rexall Place. Mathieu Garon had the best goaltending performance in the three seasons of the shootout, winning 10 of 10 and allowing just two goals on 32 attempts.
Edmonton scored first more than half the time at home, but the Oilers got the first goal on the road just 14 times, tying Carolina and Los Angeles for the League low.

EDMONTON OILERS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 88
(9th West/19th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 +17
Home Points 47
(10th West/18th NHL)
Away Points 41
(9th West/20th NHL)
Best 07-08 Number .536

Edmonton's winning percentage in games in which it was outshot. The Oilers allowed more shots than the opposition 56 times, but went 30-21-5 in those games.

Worst 07-08 Number 22-35

The Oilers' record in games decided in regulation. The Oilers had as many points in 57 games decided in regulation (44) as they did in the 25 games that were decided in OT or a shootout.
    
Scheduling

The Oilers get a lot of their traveling in early: They play 12 of their first 15 games away from Rexall Place, including a seven-game trip through the East from Oct. 30-Nov. 10. They get even with 12 of 15 at home from Dec. 11 through Jan. 11, and play six straight at home before ending the season in Calgary.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

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Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose


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