Another week and another TSN Power Rankings that sees the Edmonton Oilers progressing, albeit slightly. This week Scott Cullen has the boys in copper and blue jumping a whole one spot from 26 to 25. Hey, it’s progress.
Even though the Oilers had a record of 1-2-1 this past week that included a win in Montreal and a point in Los Angeles, thanks to Richard Bachman, it was enough to prevent them from dropping any further down the list. Granted they are still in 25th place but at least for the second straight week they’re going in the right direction.
Cullen lists the key injuries to the Oilers and states they must get healthy if they want to compete. That’s not stating the obvious at all (sarcasm). He might as well say that Kim Kardashian likes to be dramatic.
You might be wondering who the Oilers jumped to get out of the bottom five in the rankings. The New Jersey Devils who are also sputtering out of the gate at 2-5-4 flip flopped positions with the Oilers who are also ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and the lowly Buffalo Sabres.
The cloud to this silver lining? The Oilers again remain as the lowest ranked Western Conference team with the Winnipeg Jets three spots ahead at number 22. To say there is work that needs to be done with these Oilers is a slight understatement but with two games at home over the course of a week, with lots of time to heal the injured, there may be light at the end of this tunnel.
Then again, they have to start winning to make the light much brighter.