Well if my understanding of the rules is right. Detroit is actually a -1 in goal differential due to winning a shoot out and not losing one, the exact same as Edmonton's. So they are actually tied in the standings after all the tie breakers. My guess is D comes before E so they put Detroit above Edmonton. Wouldn't worry about it by the end of season they still shouldn't be tied.
No you receive a +1 in GF if you win a shootout and a +1 in GA if you lose one, you don't calculate that after the fact.
I can read but I don't see anything on there that puts them ahead. If point 4 for is goal differential since the Oilers are -1 and Detroit is -2, I would think the Oilers should be ahead.
Not that it really matters at this early stage of the season... but yes the Oilers should be in 6th right now... plus they've only played 3 home games whereas Detroit has played 4 and Minny has played 5 on home ice.
In a 48 GP season any "few losses' is the difference between making the playoffs and not. We had a chance of a 5pt gap between Oilers/AV's. We end up with one point. We lost a 4 point game with a divisional rival and gave them much needed confidence playing against us in the remaining 3 games in the set. Sounds like a bad idea.
They aren't going to win them all so which games are the OK or excusable ones to lose then. As long as the losses don't become losing streaks and as long as the team can reflect and learn from mistakes then why panick now. I'd rather them lose a few now than down the stretch, it exposes the dead weight and allows changes to be made if need be. The SJ game was a close game we almost won and we aren't the only team to be rope a doped by the Av's. The Oilers don't need another hot start, they need to win at a higher pct. all season long.