Player scores, Games 11-20: For the Edmonton Oilers, the winds of November came early

The Oilers won a trio of one-goal games, with an empty net for fun. Make it +4 in victories. They’ve also lost three close games, also with one empty netter, so make it -4 in narrow losses (although crucially, it’s all in regulation). The Dash’s -15 goal difference came entirely from a quartet of one-sided losses: 6-2 to Dallas, 7-2 to Carolina, 5-2 to New Jersey, and 3-0 to the Islanders. Unfortunately, it wasn’t one comfortable win all the time.

Let’s dig a little deeper. It was an unquestionably tough schedule, featuring a number of Eastern Conference powerhouses including 4 tough starters in 5 1/2 days in the Southeast, 2 homestand games followed by another transcontinental trip. All competitors were playoff teams from last year and/or are sitting in a strong position now. The “easy” games were, in theory, a pairing against the New Jersey Devils, a rising power that was only in the process of putting together a 13-game winning streak. Bad timing there, but even with a tough schedule, one might expect a playoff team to break out in wins and goals. However, the Oilers have been #2 on many nights, often #2. The primary culprit was the botched penalty shootout, especially the stuttering 5v5 game. Check goals with the power of manpower (including penalty kick) above the clip:

As the subtotals show, the Oilers were able to eliminate a PK deficit due to decent performances through their own strength and strong small-number results in other workforce situations. Goal difference -15 fully achieved 5v5! Now keep in mind that this base game state accounted for 481 minutes of playtime, and all the other workforce states combined for only 120. This means that 80% of the time the oil was breaking down.

Drill down specifically to The game is played 5v5 with the last 10 playersOilers Rank:

  • 32nd in goal difference (-15)
  • 31st place in GF (12)
  • T-29 in GA (27)
  • 32nd place in target share (GF% = 30.8%)
  • 29th place in shot share (SF% = 45.6%)
  • 32nd in shooting percentage (5.26%).
  • 25th in terms of savings (90.1%)
  • 32nd in PDO (953.)

Again, the bottom quarter across the board.

The percentages at the bottom of this census point are particularly worrisome, albeit the most volatile component of short-term results. Edmonton’s combination of poor shooting, rotten luck, and scoring for red-hot opposition saw them score 9 fewer goals than expected, while their goalkeepers allowed 3 more goals than expected. That’s a goal difference of -12 that can be calculated in percentages alone. Clean this PDO just to an average of 1.000 and things are much closer to posting.

Our own interest in hockey cult He noted that after Wednesday’s failed attack on the island, the Oilers moved closer to production Class A bullets (92 vs., 98 vs. even power) and alert chances 5 (48-49), but that just highlights his deplorable conversion rates, especially on the offensive end.

In conclusion, a rough patch, very rough. Is it the end of the world? No, not remotely. Is it the end of the season? Also no. This team has plenty of inside experience to come out the other side of the rotten stretches. But in the hyper-competitive NHL, there’s no time like the present to go in the right direction.

With this lengthy review of team performance we will keep our commentary on individual performance short though not bland.


We start as usual between the tubes where the ascender Stuart Skinner Receive a heavier workload this time. His percentages remained above the possible percentages Jack Campbell, although both groups were absolutely amazing. Whether it’s goaltending, poor team defense, a poor penalty kick or (my choice) all of the above, allowing four goals in a game is death in this league.


Decent offensive numbers from two rear guards, in particular Tyson Barrybut all of these red numbers in the +/- column show that the d-men fed by the min gave up with one notable exception. Cody this He was a lone stone in the entire team as a plus player during this stretch.

Of particular concern are the problems you encounter Evan Bouchard on both sides of the paper. Bouch only managed one-and-two assists on the powerplay while posting a rare double digit minus over the ten games. This includes a 5v5 target stake of 0vs9. 0-9. Bouchard has played nearly 8 full periods in a 5v5 stretch, and the Oilers haven’t scored even once. Of note, he had the best Coursey among the group (>52%), leaving the reader to mutter ‘good process, bad results, which should be regression to the meat. [sic]or “see?? !! All these analyzes make absolutely no sense!! Depending on the religion you choose

Up front, we see once again that the lion’s share of the scoring is shared by only 5 players, with the rookie Warren Voegele He does his best to fill the huge void left by the injury Evander Kane In game 14. But we see a significant drop in the production of other stars: Connor McDavid from 22 points to 13, Leon Drystel From 21 to 10 Ryan Nugent Hopkins From 12 to 9 Zach Heyman From 12 to 7.

Below these five highest scores, the production is almost empty. 10 forwards with 67 GP combined during the segment produced 1 (one) goal, 9 assists, 10 points. And from top to bottom, a sea of ​​red numbers, crowned by a handful of players who have played 5 games or less.

player scores

We close in our usual fashion by reviewing the collection of 10 games from the perspective of our personal reviews here at hockey cult. Regular readers will know that on a scale of 1 to 10, we rate each Edmonton Oilers player’s performance in every game the team plays, based on a combination of observation and interpretation of statistical output. Here’s the average score for Games 11-20 along with our regular mini-commentary summarizing each player’s contribution over that period:

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