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Welcome to Oil Acumen. What follows is a blog dedicated to ending the tyranny of Oilers management, and making hockey fun to watch again, dammit.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

11/22/14 Skip A Period For Change


Have a gander at that picture above. That's what's going to cause change in this Oilers organization. Nothing else. Only empty seats have that power.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

11/19/14 Replace Draisaitl With Anyone


At the beginning of the season, the words on everybody's lips were "you can't send Draisaitl down because there's nobody who could take his place on the team". I like Draisaitl, just like everybody else, but right now he could be replaced by almost any actual NHL center.

11/18/14 The East Effect


Yesterday I looked at the Oilers' underlying statistics so far this season to see if they're any better than last year. They're not. Well, except when it comes to their Corsi. How is this possible?

Monday, 17 November 2014

11/17/14 How Do You Measure Improvement?


After 18 games last season the Oilers were 4-12-2, last in the West, having scored 44 goals while they allowed 70. How are things looking now?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

11/14/14 Keith Aulie's Fists Turn The Tide!


It's strange that we could be having this conversation, but let's do it anyway: Keith Aulie's two fights against Ottawa did not change the game in favor of the Oilers - score effects did.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

11/05/14 Start The Clock


By finishing 30th last year, the Buffalo Sabres kicked off the next Oilers-style scorched earth rebuild. It comes complete with a fanboy billionaire owner and everything! This actually presents an interesting opportunity for Oilers fans.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

11/04/14 Keep Mashing!


If at first you don't succeed, keep making the same decisions forever! That's how it goes, right?