Not that it means much, but it’s a small moral victory for the Edmonton Oilers this week in the TSN Power Rankings as they hold their position at 28th. Wait, what? Holding the position of 3rd worst team in the league is a moral victory? Scratch that. Forget the whole damn thing.
One victory last week was all that stood between 28th and this team sinking to dead last in Scott Cullen’s weekly ranking of all 30 NHL clubs. And it took a heroic 20 minute effort against the Calgary Flames to do so.
They did play some decent hockey at times against the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars, but they were unable to score on the chances they were given. Throw in the fact that the win over the Flames was their first regulation win in twelve games and this team is lucky to be at number 28.
Take the Florida Panthers for example who sit at 29th. Last week they beat the Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche before losing to the Minnesota Wild by just one goal as Cullen notes. They have more points than Edmonton and based on last week’s play they should be ahead of the Oilers. Who did Edmonton beat? It certainly wasn’t two of the league’s top teams at the moment.
Instead it was the lowly Flames who have fallen to 13th in the Western Conference, ahead of only the Oilers.
The Oilers can dictate whether they climb or slide in the rankings based on their play this week as the host both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the aforementioned Panthers. It’s a chance to jump up a few spots or potentially land in the 30 hole. Time will tell.