Not that the Edmonton Oilers had much room to fall, but a loss to the equally bad Philadelphia Flyers was enough to drop the copper and blue from 27th to 28th on the weekly TSN Power Rankings.
Scott Cullen of TSN who computes the highly complicated rankings, highlights that the Oilers haven’t won in regulation in nine games. That is bad enough to be in the bottom three in the league, let alone the lowest ranked team in the Western Conference by a wide margin.
The Calgary Flames who are in a tail spin of their own lately dropped six spots from 17 to 23, are the next lowest team that represents the west. Who would have thought that the two Alberta teams are the two worst in the west.
Cullen also mentions in his brief synopsis of the Oilers that despite getting healthier, newly signed Ilya Bryzgalov will “need to be a miracle worker in order to save the season.” That’s not asking for much is it?
Edmonton is now a full 14 points out of eighth in the west and the schedule doesn’t get any easier this week with the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks invading Rexall. Hopefully we’ll see the debut of Bryzgalov sometime this week so that as fans we can have some sort of hope leading up to the Battle of Alberta on the weekend.
By that time it could be a battle for the worst ranking in the west, if the Oilers can somehow win a game or two by the time they face the Flames.
Atop the rankings are the Colorado Avalanche who are off to an amazing 14-2-0 start and are arguably doing what the Oilers were supposed to be accomplishing with a re-build of their own.