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Giveaways, faceoffs were major problems for Oilers

Monday, 09.26.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Giveaways, faceoffs were major problems for Oilers
The Boston Bruins won the Cup last season, but did their numbers reflect their championship?
Advantage Margin: -17
The Oilers were among the NHL's best at earning power plays, drawing 304 (seventh in the League), but their penalty-killers were among the League's busiest, as the 321 power plays surrendered by the Oilers was the most in the West and the third-highest total in the NHL.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -24
There wasn't much good news when it came to special teams. The power play scored just 44 goals, while the 74 surrendered by the penalty-killers was one short of Colorado's League-high total. Both units were in the bottom five in percentage.

Goals by defensemen: 23
Kurtis Foster, who had a team-high eight goals, including five power-play goals, was dealt to Anaheim for Andy Sutton on July 1 after his points total dropped from 42 to 22.

EDMONTON OILERS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 62 (15th West/30th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 0
Home Points 32 (15th West/30th NHL)
Road Points 30 (15th West/30th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 4-3-9 OT: 2-3 SO: 2-9
The Oilers' woes last season extended to the shootout, where their nine losses were a League high. They were 2-6 at home and were one of only two teams to go winless in the tiebreaker on the road.

Times Scored First: 32
Record: 18-6-8

The Oilers weren't great when they took an early lead, but they were awful when they didn't -- Edmonton's seven wins when allowing the game's first goal tied Florida for the fewest in the NHL, and the Oilers' .140 winning percentage (7-37-6) was last in the League.

Best 2010-11 Number: 40-45-85
Combined scoring totals of rookies Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall, who finished 1-2 on the Oilers in scoring. Eberle, who had one of the most spectacular goals of the season on opening night, led the team with 43 points, while Hall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, had 22 goals and 42 points in 65 games before his season ended due to an ankle injury.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 972
Giveaways by the Oilers, 70 more than any other team (Toronto was next at 902). Combined with a League-worst 44.2 faceoff percentage, the Oilers spent most of the season chasing the puck rather than possessing it.

Scheduling
The Oilers have the chance to get off to a good start, with eight of their 11 October games at Rexall Place. November is another story, however, with a six-game trip to start the month and 10 of 14 away from home. There's also a seven-game trip after Christmas as the world junior championship comes to town.
Quote of the Day

Great players need great players to play with. That's why we'll have a training camp and we'll find who the best two guys are suited to play with Stamkos.

— Tampa Bay Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness on Steven Stamkos' potential linemates for the 2014-15 season