The Oilers are 1-6-1 now, but two years ago they went 6-2-2 during October and there was a lot of turnaround talk. Credit this blog and its commenters, we weren’t fooled then and I don’t think we’re going to be fooled now.
The article from October of 2011 is here, and some of the comments I made were:
- We all know this can’t continue. I mean, come on. The Edmonton Oilers can’t go from 30th times two and land in the penthouse 10 games later. It isn’t possible
- Let’s remember that this team is being outshot 255-298 in the first 10 (including 38-76 in the last two wins) and luck (good already here, bad moon rising), the Hockey Gods and more injuries are just around the corner. Drink deep, but be real.
And here are some of your comments:
- Dennis: It’s nice to get the win but I need to see results that are bought and paid for before I get excited.
- “Steve Smith”: I’m loving this. But I’ll take the under on 90 points as the end-season total (they’re currently on pace for 115).
- Delooper: The Oilers are only a few defensive injuries away from total bedlam and lopsided losses. But the team is hugely improved off previous years.
- Woodguy: The wild card is Khabby of course. He has a history of not being a good in the last few years and a wonky back. Perhaps he was hung up in his cell like Gene Wilder in Stir Crazy and it fixed his back? Worked for Gene.
- Black Dog: We’ll enjoy this and enjoy the fact that unless Tambo blows it the future looks pretty bright. The next few weeks are going to be a tough slog so lets hope the goaltending continues to be very good and that some guys can began to produce offensively to offset the likely regression defensively.
- DSF: It’s all unsustainable goaltending. Enjoy it for now though.
- bookje: I think this is a borderline playoff team. If they make the playoffs and get .987 goaltending, then plan the parade.
A fun thread, worth the read and I do believe we had the truth surrounded.
As for this season, well we’re just into the year so we don’t know for sure what’s true and what is illusion. Two years ago this Oiler team had played 10 games, had been outshot 255-298 and owned 14 points home and dry. Tonight, the current Oilers have played 8 games and have three points, and have been outshot 228-238. Their 5×5 Corsi % is 48.6%–up from 44.6% one year ago. These are encouraging signs, this is a team with something to build on, and despite the record I’d suggest this season is not lost yet. There’s a large amount of luck in any season, and the dice have no memory. The Oilers could experience a series of maladies that lay waste to an entire season, but if we’re to believe things balance out over time then there are good arrows despite the 1-6-1.
What say you this time, friends?