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In the 2009 - 2010 season, five Edmonton Oilers finished the season even or better in even strength scoring chance differential:  Ryan Stone, Dustin Penner, Ales Hemsky, Robert Nilsson and Colin McDonaldLubomir Visnovsky was in the black, but was traded before the end of the season and McDonald played just 13 minutes at even strength.  It was a rough season. 

Unfortunately for the fans, that rough season was matched and maybe surpassed by the 2010 - 2011 season.  The Oilers were worse in terms of goal differential and the scoring chances were just as rough. 

There were, however, a few bright spots in the underlying stats, as Lowetide and Bruce have mentioned a couple of times and the team scoring chances improved ever so slightly. Last season, the team's chance percentage was .452, this season the percentage was .465.  Last season the team differential per 15 minutes was (-.908), this season it was (-.590).  Individually, however, the number of players in the black matched last season's total.

 

In the 2010 - 2011, only five current Edmonton Oilers ended the season with a positive even strength scoring chance differential.  Name them.

 

EDIT:

Horcoff, Hartikainen, Hall, Eberle, Petry

by Mr DeBakey on Apr 12, 2011 2:56 PM EDT

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