By the numbers: Looking at Oilers’ long road back to playoffs

The Edmonton Oilers are officially back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It’s been a long time coming.

The Oilers needed to defeat the Los Angeles Kings in any fashion on Tuesday night in order to clinch a playoff berth, and they did just that with a 2-1 victory over the struggling Kings.

The last time the Oilers played post-season hockey was in 2005-06, when they skated all the way the way to the Stanley Cup Final before being bested by the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games.

Both teams missed the playoffs the following season—a first in league history. The Hurricanes would return to the playoffs in 2009, but the Oilers weren’t so lucky. now more than a decade later, the pacific club has snapped the NHL’s longest-running current post-season drought. (Funny enough, that title now belongs to the Hurricanes.)

The last time the Oilers made the playoffs, Daniel Powter’s Bad Day topped the charts (a sign of things to come, perhaps?), The Departed won Best Picture, and The Real Housewives reality TV franchise began its long and dramatic tenure.

Now that Edmonton has officially earned the right to play spring hockey, let’s take a by-the-numbers look at the path that (eventually) got them back to the playoffs.

Team stats

Regular season record: 339-423-99 in 861 games played. (That’s a .451 points percentage.)
Goals scored: 2,177 (2.53 goals per game)
Goals against: 2,612 (3.03 goals against per game)

Number of skaters to play at least one game with the Oilers: 159
Number of goalies to play at least one game: 18

Number of coaches: 7

Craig MacTavish | 2000-01 to 2008-09
MacTavish would return to Edmonton in 2012 as senior VP of hockey operations before taking over general manager duties in 2013.

Pat Quinn | 2009-10
Quinn stayed with the Oilers for one more season, serving as …read more


The Idiot is mostly about semiotics. It’s really funny.

Early on in The Idiot, the slightly chilly and deeply playful debut novel from New Yorker writer Elif Batuman, our heroine Selin offers a mission statement of sorts for her writing.

Selin is describing a short story she wrote for an art workshop during her first year at Harvard: “Like all the stories I wrote at that time,” she says, “it was based on an unusual atmosphere that had impressed me in real life. I thought that was the point of writing stories: to make up a chain of events that would somehow account for a certain mood — for how it came about and for what it led to.”

And the atmosphere at the heart of The Idiot is one of linguistic alienation, when the distance between what words say and what they mean seems insurmountable.

Selin is utterly baffled by the codes and linguistic nuances that college freshmen rely on to explain themselves. When her roommate instructs her to buy a poster, Selin asks what kind she wants. “‘A photograph of Albert Einstein,’ she said decisively,” in the manner of college students everywhere who want to demonstrate their erudition and whimsy, and who also feel that Monet and Klimt are too clichéd for them.

Bewildered, Selin buys an Einstein poster, but she gets one that just shows him in front of a chalkboard instead of the one her roommate obviously meant, where Einstein is playfully sticking out his tongue. Then she spends the remainder of the school year defending Einstein to everyone who stops by her room and informs her that he is wildly overrated.

Even when Selin understands a code well enough to follow it, she’s hyper-aware of its presence. “I’m afraid I’ll accidentally eat it all before I get there,” she says of a box of …read more

Source:: Vox – All