Scott Cullen’s weekly analysis of which teams are the top in the NHL and which are lousy bottom feeders hasn’t been to kind to the Oilers this season and frankly they haven’t deserved any love from the hockey expert.
But after last week that saw the copper and blue string together three wins, the team has moved from 28th on the list to 25th and in the process they jumped ahead of the rival Calgary Flames. Another moral victory perhaps and at this stage, this fan base will take anything they can get although this one leaves little to be desired.
Cullen mentions the fact that Edmonton’s victories came over the Flames, Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets, a group of sub-.500 teams. But regardless, for the Oilers, reeling off three wins without a loss was a stepping stone to turn their dreadful season around despite losing to the Chicago Blackhawks last night.
No longer are they the last place team in the West when it comes to Cullen’s rankings although the standings that truly matter, the NHL ones, the Oilers remain in the basement.
Perhaps this latest winning streak is a sign of things to come and that will reflect in further advancement in the power rankings. Or is this just the hopeful Oilers fan who refuses to accept defeat clinging to any optimism possible?