* sort of, wherein almost half of the Oilers' wins come from their improbable 13-5 shootout record, along with thinking of OTL points as "ties" because the team still gets a point for losing. With that in mind, however, only three teams in the league have losing records right now.
Between "anti-arena propaganda" posts and not posting at all on this blog, I still dutifully watch every Oilers game, even the dreaded mid-week jaunts to the West coast (one of the great tragedies of moving to Toronto is having to go to bed before the third period starts), and I've been pleasantly surprised by the latest string of regulation wins. With the Oilers outshot 164 - 111 in the last five match-ups, Mathieu Garon has been bang for his buck: I liked his $1.10 million over two years when he was first signed last summer, I like it even more now that he's tied with Roberto Luongo for fourth in the league in SVP, with a gliterring .921.
Aside from an uptick in physical play, it also helps that the Oilers have been the recipients of some surprisingly soft defensive performances from Calgary, Chicago and Minnesota in the last little run, but I'm not complaining.
Tonight: Vancouver. I hate the city, I hate the team and I hate everyone who ever lived there, even if it was for a few weeks. I would love to see Matt Cooke and the Sedin twins impaled on each end of my blood-soaked trident.