Oilers Last In Shots Against, 28th In Shot Differential

Dustin Bradford

It's bombs away against the Oilers

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Though the Oilers are far more exciting this year compared to the brutal past few years, the Oilers are still one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Not only are the 29th in shots against at 33.8 per game, they are still one of the most outshot teams in the league:

Team GP SF SA Δ/Game
1 St. Louis Blues 10 309 221 9
2 Phoenix Coyotes 11 358 287 6
3 Calgary Flames 8 256 205 6
4 Boston Bruins 9 282 239 5
5 Los Angeles Kings 9 261 221 4
6 Pittsburgh Penguins 11 342 300 4
7 Ottawa Senators 11 370 331 4
8 Carolina Hurricanes 9 332 309 3
9 San Jose Sharks 10 307 289 2
10 Detroit Red Wings 10 300 284 2
11 Colorado Avalanche 10 296 290 1
12 Vancouver Canucks 10 282 279 0
13 New Jersey Devils 10 264 262 0
14 Winnipeg Jets 10 282 280 0
15 Chicago Blackhawks 11 315 314 0
16 Montreal Canadiens 10 284 285 0
17 New York Rangers 10 285 290 -1
18 Anaheim Ducks 9 240 245 -1
19 Philadelphia Flyers 11 302 312 -1
20 Toronto Maple Leafs 11 311 326 -1
21 Minnesota Wild 10 262 276 -1
22 New York Islanders 10 291 307 -2
23 Washington Capitals 11 309 327 -2
24 Buffalo Sabres 11 337 361 -2
25 Florida Panthers 10 279 306 -3
26 Tampa Bay Lightning 10 274 309 -4
27 Columbus Blue Jackets 11 294 341 -4
28 Edmonton Oilers 10 276 338 -6
29 Nashville Predators 10 210 283 -7
30 Dallas Stars 11 274 367 -8

An exciting offense packed with 1st round draft picks can't overcome the defensive deficiencies in Edmonton. Management wasn't able to address the defense in the off-season except to bring in Justin Schultz, (imagine how bad this defense would be if he didn't pan out) and the Oilers are suffering once again from roster imbalance.

The defensive load has been placed on the forwards' shoulders and they're not carrying it well.

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