The Edmonton Oilers had a chance to finish the regular season first in the Western Conference. It would have required that the Vegas Golden Knights lose in regulation and Edmonton winning in any manner, as the Oilers lead the West with 45 regulation wins with the Dallas Stars second with 39.
However, the Golden Knights won their game and finished the season with 111 points to the Oilers’ 109. The bigger take away is that the Oilers reached the 50-win threshold, which per Hockey-Reference.com has not happened since 1986–87, ten seasons before Connor McDavid was born.
After 82 games, the Oilers finish second overall in the Pacific and will have home ice to start their series versus the Los Angeles Kings. They went on in strong fashion, putting up a dominant fashion against a much weaker opponent in the San Jose Sharks. The on-ice offence of the Oilers is clearly about getting in close before shooting as seen by the shot plots below. In their 60 unblocked shot attempts, a majority came from in close with shots from the blue line sparse.
We’ll see how their game translates in the playoffs. All charts from the final regular season win are below!
|Mattias Janmark||Mattias Ekholm, Stuart Skinner||04:16 | 1st||SJS 0 – 1 EDM|
|Leon Draisaitl (PPG)||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid||06:56 | 1st||SJS 0 – 2 EDM|
|Noah Gregor||Thomas Bordeleau, Steven Lorentz||09:44 | 1st||SJS 1 – 2 EDM|
|Evan Bouchard||Leon Draisaitl, Kailer Yamamoto||05:02 | 2nd||SJS 1 – 3 EDM|
|Mattias Janmark (SHG)||Derek Ryan||14:04 | 2nd||SJS 1 – 4 EDM|
|Steven Lorentz (PPG)||Tomas Hertl, Erik Karlsson||18:48 | 2nd||SJS 2 – 4 EDM|
|Evander Kane||Leon Draisaitl, Cody Ceci||15:55 | 3rd||SJS 2 – 5 EDM|
All situations Corsi
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