Jan 20, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney (6) and center Sam Gagner (89) talk during the second period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The Edmonton Oilers won 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Throwing Darts - Time To Sell?

I hope you’ll find it in your heart to forgive my lack of a game write up for Saturday night’s 3-0 loss to St. Louis.

If you can’t get by without one, know that the Oilers were beat up at even strength, the Blues got on the board early, and there’s the part about Edmonton scoring zero goals.  Oilers managed just 19 shots, and that’s how things went on Saturday.

The Oilers take on the Predators in Nashville tonight, but before we look at that thriller, I think we ought to take a look at where we’re at.

  • Eighteen games to go, four points out of the eighth spot.  I liked it better when the team was two points from a share of eighth.
  • Nine wins in regulation time, and two in overtime.  In thirty games, this team is winning at a clip of 11/30, or .366.  Might be doing a couple of wins better if they could straighten their third period out.  (A couple of posts ago, I found out that the Oilers have allowed roughly 45% of the shots this season in the third period, which is kind of a lot).
  • Oilers have eighteen games remaining in the season, and they’ll need about 25 points to get where they’ll need to be.  They’ll need a notch more than two-thirds of the remaining points.  Trying to look for the light in that statement is tough.
  • Took a very informal Twitter poll this morning, and most seemed to think the Oilers were going to accumulate 16-20 points, and I think that’s pretty close.
  • I don’t want the Oilers to be sellers this trade deadline (they’ve gotten pretty good at it over the past six years), but a couple more losses this week will absolutely force their hand.  They had a nice five game point streak end on Saturday, and they’ll need another one to remain relevant. If the team goes 0-2 in the next two, I’ll start talking about possible scenarios for who and what, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

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