#5 – The Power Play
Before the season started it was stated here at Oil on Whyte that the Oilers power play would be an essential to the team’s success. Coming off a year that saw the Oilers man advantage rank in the top ten in the NHL, a similar offensive threat was expected and so far they haven’t disappointed.
Currently ranked 10th in the league, the Oilers have converted on 25% of their power play opportunities or 4 goals in 16 chances. Considering that the team has only scored 11 total goals through four games and 4 of those have come with the man advantage, it’s safe to say that other areas are in need of attention.
The success of the Oilers power play doesn’t come as a surprise to many given the amount of talent on this team. Anytime you can have Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the ice with one less defender, the chances they’ll score greatly increase. Not to mention having the slick skating Justin Schultz on the back end who makes things happen on the PP by simply throwing the puck at the net.
Again, it’s an obvious and expected positive with this club but it is something that will help build success, which in turn will lead to more wins.