Edmonton Oilers: The Past Month

Martin MaleAnalyst IFebruary 15, 2008

It has been a month since I posted on the Oilers, and a lot has happened since then.

First off, the Oilers have gone 7-6-1 in that time.  Not bad, but still not good enough to make the playoffs.  The Oilers currently sit 13th in the West, six points out of a playoff spot.  Not insurmountable, but they will probably have to go 17-6 or 18-5 in their last 23 games in order to make it.

Second, the Oilers have lost Shawn Horcoff and Sheldon Souray for the rest of the season due to shoulder injuries.  The task of making the playoffs is tough as it is, but without two top players the Oilers are really going to have to play as a team to get it done.

Third is the sale of the Oilers to Daryl Katz, billionaire owner of the Katz Group and the Rexall family of drug stores.  While the 37 members of the EIG had their purpose and Edmonton fans will always owe them gratitude for keeping the beloved Oilers in Edmonton, the time for a single owner has come.  A single owner will bring stability, and because he's from Edmonton and has some money he will definitely help the Oilers in their quest to get back to the Stanley Cup.

Thanks EIG!  Welcome, Darryl!

The Oilers have been playing decently as of late, still questing to make the playoffs.  They have won four of their last five games, playing a hard-nosed physical style of game—the same kind of game that got them to the finals two years ago.

They are stilling getting out-shot on most nights.  But they are playing in-your-face hockey, taking advantage of their few scoring chances and relying on Mathieu Garon to keep them in every game with a chance to win.

With 12 road games and 11 home games left—and all of them against conference teams—the Oilers are going to be in a tough spot.  They need to finish as high as they can to prevent Brian Burke and the Anaheim Ducks from getting a top five pick.