It's March now and for Oilers fans this doesn't mean thinking about the playoffs, or at least it hasn't for quite a while, for us it means counting down to being officially eliminated from the playoffs. And this year when it happens it'll be a big deal as it'll be the tenth straight season without playoff hockey. A full decade. An accomplishment matched only by the Florida Panthers who missed the playoffs from ten straight seasons between 2000/2001 and 2010/11; thanks to the lockout season Panthers fans actually had 11 years between playoff appearances.
So how do things look for the Oilers right now?
First up the Pacific Division. The tragic number is the total number of points a team needs to pick up, or the Oilers lose, in order for that team finish ahead of the Oilers. It's pretty clear at this point which three teams from the Pacific Division will be making the playoffs and it won't be the Oilers.
Up next the wild card standings.
18 points, some combination of nine wins and losses, that's all that stands between the Oilers and it being official that the team will miss the playoffs for a tenth straight season. Should take two, maybe two and a half, weeks. And then we can all get onto other things. Things like the draft lottery. Speaking of which.
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Using these odds and nhllotterysimulator.com this is the draft order I came up with today. Not a win for the Oilers, but second overall isn't bad. And the Leafs slide all the way to fourth. That's a trade off that I could handle.