The NEXT week will define this team
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03-21-2013, 12:25 PM
The Drive for Nine
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Northern Alberta
Oilers last season compared to this season:
Goals for: 20th to 25th... got worse
Goals against: 23rd to 20th... slightly better
PP: 3rd to 6th... slightly worse
PK: 14th to 11th... slightly better
Shots for: 29th to 22nd... got better
Shots against: 19th to 30th... got worse
5 on 5 goals for/against ratio: 22nd to 29th... got worse
Faceoffs: 27th to 30th... got worse
Win % when leading after 1 period: 28th to 28th... stayed the same
Win % when leading after 2 periods: 20th to 29th... got worse
Win % when trailing after 1 period: 20th to 5th... improved
Win % when trailing after 2 periods: 21st to 4th... improved
Hard to make a case for substantial improvements in the team.
The one area they seem to have improved is playing when down... they seem to be able to hang in and come back more often than they did last year but they counter that with not being able to play with the lead and hang onto it very well.
They still get outshot badly, are worst in the NHL at faceoffs, and have actually dropped in offensive production from last season (not many would have predicted that I think). We all know how poorly they've been at even strength. They have improved a little as of late but are still near the basement in that category.
Overall you could make a case that the team is lucky to be where it is... a point per game pace is probably being generous to this team... they've been able to eek out enough extra OT/SO pts to push them up the standings... but really the underlying stats don't show much improvement at all and in some areas they have actually regressed quite badly.
I'm optimistic this team turns a corner someday but it doesn't look like it will be this season... hopefully they have a decent finish over these final games this year and use that to build on in a full 82 game season next year.
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