The numbers barely make any sense. And surely they cannot be sustainable.
Since Ken Hitchcock took over the Edmonton Oilers their record is 5-2-1. It’s an identical record to the Toronto Maple Leafs over the same span of games.
But here’s the kicker: Edmonton has scored just 16 goals over that time, compared to Toronto’s 32.
The 11 points Edmonton has picked up under Hitchcock is tied for seventh in the NHL, but the 16 goals they’ve scored ranks 29th.
The team has a great five-on-five Corsi — 52.9%, ranked ninth in the NHL — which tells us that Edmonton has found a way to possess the puck more than its opponents. And the old hockey adage goes, "As long as we keep getting chances, eventually they’ll start going into the net."
So we asked Hitchcock at Friday’s morning skate, with the Minnesota Wild in town for a key Western Conference game Friday night: how long do we hang on that old adage, before we decide that the offence needs to be upgraded?