The Oilers and the Hurricanes faced off for a matinée game that played out more like an afternoon nap than an actual hockey game. Both teams seemed rather uninterested and as the game went on I was expecting another overtime/shootout game. In the end that isn't how the game played out as the Oilers were finally able to score on the power play and take another two points out of a game that didn't really matter.
Game Rating: 5 out of 10
After the wreck of a season that the Oilers have had it was nice to watch a game where the Oilers weren't completely dominated. To finish out a road trip with 5 out of a possible 8 points is also nice even if they weren't deserved.
The Bigger Issue
This recent "decent" stretch really scares me, almost every media guy Tweeted out the same stat. The Oilers are 9-4-3 in their last 16 games. The problem with that stat is that in that same 16 games stretch, the Oilers allowed 50+ shots on net twice, were shut out twice as well, only out shot their opponent once and out shot attempted their opponent twice. That isn't really a great record but it's enough to earn everyone in charge of this organization some time. This stretch will be pointed to in the off season and in early in the 2014/15 season.
With the win today the Oilers move up to 57 points and only require 5 points to tie the worst seasons in team history. The easiest part of the Oilers schedule going forward is coming up in the next 3 games which could get them those 5 points.
The Nashville Predators on Tuesday. A hockey team with a piece that the Oilers could really use but is only a pipe dream for most of us.