One of the weirdest stats involving the Oilers this year surrounds the fact the club is 40 games into the season (halfway!) and has played the Pacific Division only six times:
- Calgary (2-0-0)
- Arizona (1-0-0)
- Las Vegas (1-0-0)
- San Jose (1-0-0)
- Los Angeles (0-0-0)
- Anaheim (0-0-0)
- Vancouver (0-1-0)
- Overall: 5-1-0
Obviously the Oilers aren’t going to win five out of every six games against this bunch, but there are a pile of four-point games on the way in the season’s second half. Can the Oilers win three of five? Will that be enough?
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COLD JANUARY, YEAR OVER YEAR
- January 2016: 4-5-2, goal differential -5
- January 2017: 9-4-1, goal differential +8
- January 2018: 0-0-0, goal differential nil
G1 January 2016 was a 4-3 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes, last year a 3-1 loss to Columbus. It’s a good bet, based on the current team’s established levels of ability, Edmonton will come in with a record somewhere between 2016 and 2017 January.
AFTER 40, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 15-21-3, goal differential -24 (33 points)
- Oilers 16-17: 19-13-7, goal differential +8 (45 points)
- Oilers 17-18: 17-19-3, goal differential -11 (37 points)
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM JANUARY
- At home to: Los Angeles, Anaheim (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- On the road to: Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, Arizona, Vegas (Expected 2-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- At home to: Vancouver, Buffalo, Calgary (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 4-4-2, 10 points in 10 games
- Current results: 0-0-0
The Oilers brought things to January and stayed within spitting distance (seven back of No. 8 Anaheim, with a game in hand) but this race will be over unless Edmonton can post (something like) a 14-point January. The math doesn’t rhyme. Oilers went 6-2-0 but needed to get more than one point from the post-Christmas run. Even four points (two wins) would have gotten the team to four points behind the Ducks, and within one of Colorado. As it is, there are four teams between Edmonton and Anaheim.
For much of this season, we’ve been discussing acquisitions. We know the list (sniper, checking forward who can PK, No. 2 RHD to replace Jeff Petry) but it’s probably fair to say the organization will soon be looking toward next season. The list remains the same but the solutions become long term, which increases the pool of talent. We’ll be talking about targets for future roles in the coming days, with Patrick Maroon, Mark Letestu and others as the possible assets out.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
We’re back, baby! Starting at 10 this morning, TSN1260, we’ll use all the words and try to make sure they arrive in the right order. Scheduled to appear:
- Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. Slepyshev and Caggiula, what’s next?
- Kent Wilson, The Athletic. A strong farm club is helping the Flames stay in the hunt.
- Scott Cullen, TSN. NFL playoffs, Canada’s NHL teams and who makes the playoffs.
- Mike Rodak, ESPN. The Bills are in!
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!