The Oilers Power Play Woes: Not This Again...

Jamie Sabau

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.

The most difficult part of writing about the Edmonton Oilers is that the only things that ever change are the players in over their head being asked to do to much.  The problems themselves never change.  So it was with a smile that I read this tweet in the post-game wrap Saturday:

The Oilers have had a brutal power play for a very long time.  Fortunately for the team, they've been lucky and had a few years with a high conversion rate, and that conversion rate has obfuscated the structural problems from the fans and sports writers because it's conversion rate, not shot generation that the writers mistakenly pay attention to.

However, the structural problems won't go away.  In December of 2011, I noted that the Oilers were only generating 44.2 shots per 60 minutes of power play time, but that their conversion rate was hiding the issue and went on to demonstrate the importance of shot generation vs. conversion.  Last February I talked about the Oilers awful power play again. It would go on to finish 29th in shots per 60 at 41.1, but it was again hidden by the conversion rate that kept them in the top 10 in goals per 60.  This season, the Oilers have improved their shots per 60 to 47.7, but still rank 23rd in the league.

The story is stark when looking at 5v4 power play time.  Since 2007, the Oilers have ranked 30th, 30th, 30th, 30th, 26th, and 29th in 5v4 shots for per 60.  Over that same time, they've ranked 17th, 25th, 21st, 22nd, 3rd, and 9th in goals for per 60.  This year they've jumped up to 19th in 5v4 shots for per 60, but they've fallen back to 19th in goals for per 60.  The structural problem can't hide any more.

The Oilers have had the worst power play in the league for seven seasons, encompassing 5 head coaches.  Whatever common thread has prevented the five of them from fixing the structural deficiency should be expunged immediately.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Copper & Blue

You must be a member of The Copper & Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Copper & Blue. You should read them.

Join The Copper & Blue

You must be a member of The Copper & Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Copper & Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker