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The Oilers Start To 2014-15: 2nd Worst Of The Post-Pronger Era

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Sometimes it's hard to be good.

"Tire fires.  Tire fires as far as the eye can see."
"Tire fires. Tire fires as far as the eye can see."
Chris LaFrance-USA TODAY Sports

The Edmonton Oilers have started the 2014-15 season with six wins, twelve losses and two overtime losses.  Sadly, it's not the worst start the Oilers have posted in the last nine years.  Below is a table containing the numbers behind the Oilers first twenty games in each of the last nine seasons.

Year W L T P% P/G P/82
2006 11 8 1 0.58 1.15 94
2007 7 12 1 0.38 0.75 62
2008 9 9 2 0.50 1.00 82
2009 8 10 2 0.45 0.90 74
2010 5 11 4 0.35 0.70 57
2011 10 8 2 0.55 1.10 90
2012 8 8 4 0.50 1.00 82
2013 4 14 2 0.25 0.50 41
2014 6 12 2 0.35 0.70 57

This awful start trails last season's horrendous start by two losses, and is tied with the 2010 start in points, though they've won one more game this season.  They're just one win behind the terrible start of 2007.

The Oilers 68-92-20 record in those 180 games is something to behold.  Their average P/82 start over the last nine years is 71.

It's hard to be this bad on purpose.