Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The crawl to the bottom continues

It's now been 11 games and 21 days since the Edmonton Oilers last won a hockey game, a 4-3 shootout victory over Detroit back on Feb. 23. It's probably unnecessary to mention who scored the deciding goal.

But thanks to that OT loss to St. Louis on Saturday, the "good" news is that the Oil is no longer in danger of surpassing its franchise record losing streak of 11 games — now, the focus shifts slightly to our ongoing winless streak, which is only three failures away from matching the team record of 14 games. So at least we still have that going on. Oh, and as Tyler points out, while we may not be breaking records with our inability to win, NHL.com's John Kreiser notes that Edmonton is matching modern-day records for scoring futility:

The Oilers have been outscored 30-6 while losing eight in a row since Feb. 27. Including the game before the trade, a 4-1 loss to Minnesota, Edmonton has scored just seven goals in nine games, matching the 76-77 Wings for the poorest offensive showing in a nine-game span. The Wings got three goals in their 10th game.
Despite all this, the race to the bottom of the NHL standings is turning out to be more of a slog than we thought. The Oilers have been mired in 24th place since we started following this last week, stuck in a holding pattern while we wait for Los Angeles and Washington to accidentally win enough to finally overtake us and allow us into the coveted bottom five. Looking at the L10 column, though, this should happen sooner than later — the Oilers are by far the shittiest team in the NHL's bottom third, having posted six fewer points than the next-worst Capitals in the last 10 games. We're bad, folks. So bad. Wicked bad. Maybe even Power Glove bad. That trap door has to open up underneath us eventually.


16 comments:

Sean said...

I think we can say this is an 11 game losing streak. I mean, they did LOSE in OT, and, point or not, a loss is a loss. Furthermore, the last time the Oiler lost 11 straight, an OT loss was still a regular loss, so I think we can safely say they have matched the record!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the oil can lose in OT enough times to be pitiful AND screw themselves out of a draft pick at the same time? I mean, MacT seems to still be pushing for wins after seeing the Vancouver game. He COULD just play 6-man offense for 60 minutes...

T. said...

Totally off topic but did anyone notice that today they finally changed the Oilers banner at the top of the Oilers Journal online page. I was wondering yesterday if they would ever change the Ryan Smyth picture... and they have... to LUPUL.

Black Dog said...

I saw that t

What a goddamn joke that is.

Alana said...

I love the Oilers. They're so bad.

LittleFury said...

Totally off topic but did anyone notice that today they finally changed the Oilers banner at the top of the Oilers Journal online page. I was wondering yesterday if they would ever change the Ryan Smyth picture... and they have... to LUPUL.

You're shitting me. It takes some pretty big fucking balls replace the sainted Smytty with that fucking waster. Jesus. I'll wager that particular selection was mandated from the Journal head offices on Kingsway Ave.

T. said...

I get that they want it to be someone with hometown ties but I think my vote would have been for Pisani.

Scarlett said...

Would you not put the Captain on the homepage? Come on, give Gator a break. He's had a hard year with all the babysitting duties.

Dennis said...

In all fairness to the Journal you have to put yourself in the shoes of the Oilers before you decide who's the next guy to lead that page. And that's not to hard to do because you're a part of the ownership group and everyone toes that line besides Barnes;)

So, who should you select to take 94's place? Maybe 10 or 83 but then again they're probably the next guys to be dealt off for inexpensive magic beans so that we can overpay Souray and he can show up and be what Pronger used to be for us.

So yeah it's better to put up a guy like Lupul who isn't making too much money and is a leader and shapes up as a guy to be here for the long haul. So I'd say whomever made that decision with the headshot is a visionary!!!

Vic Ferrari said...

I think we need mudcrutch to start running that program that simulates the remainder of the season a thousand times and calculates the probabilities ppoint totals. And in the Oiler's case draft draft pick position.

Maybe Mirtle could chime in with some of his rules of thumb ... as a made "Historically you need X points or less to pick in the top 3 and Y points or less to pick in the top 6". That sort of thing.

I think they are already set up to do the math anyways. Just a matter of scrolling down the spreadsheet a bit. :)

Black Dog said...

Dennis, man, I am going to cry.

Fucking Lupul.

garnet said...

Meanwhile, it's now official: Staios is out for the season. Mr. Cherepanov, please report to Kevin Lowe's office.

mike w said...

In a Donald Trump voice to Craig Simpson's cat:

"You're fiard."

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, it's now official: Staios is out for the season. Mr. Cherepanov, please report to Kevin Lowe's office.

What a career deathknell that would be.

mike w said...

Well, Columbus helped us out tonight. A good start to the evening.

Anonymous said...

The biggest fear now is that the Push to the Bottom will result in the NHL ruling that the Oilers are throwing their games, and that MacT and Simpson come back behind the bench after their 25 game suspension as "sticking it to the man" heros.