3 Things To Watch For During Edmonton Oilers Last 10 Games

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The Battle For First In The Pacific Division

As I mentioned in the previous slide, for me one of the most important things remaining to watch the remained of the season for Edmonton Oilers fans is the race in the Pacific Division. This is the tightest I have seen this race in a long time.

It is a battle of good teams as well. For some reason, there is the narrative that this division is the weakest in the NHL, but clearly, the people that say that haven’t looked at the past 10 for the Golden Knights(8-2-0), Kings(8-0-2) and the Oilers(8-2-0). These are the best records in that time in the whole NHL.

This is a double-edged sword for the teams in the division though. These three teams are all trying to end up with first place in the division, but no one is making any headway cause the other two teams are doing equally as well.

The advantage for the Edmonton Oilers is they will be in charge of their own fate when it comes to catching the Golden Knights and Kings. They have two games against each other remaining. Including one tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights. This allows them to gain 4 points while burning up two games for each opponent.

The fact they play against them is also a double-edged sword. If the Edmonton Oilers lose even one of the games against either the Kings or Golden Knights it will put them in a spot where it will be impossible to pass them. The Oilers are already behind each team, losing 2 points and a game would be a big blow to them.

The rest of the schedule is against teams lower in the standings as well. If you take out the Kings and Golden Knights games they only have one game against a team that is currently in a playoff spot. That would be the Colorado Avalanche on April 11th.

There is a good chance that if the Oilers win against their division rivals they could finish first in the Pacific and not have to play either the Kings or the Knights. I think that would be a huge advantage to have one of them take the other out in the first round.