Incase you missed it this week, The Hockey News is predicting another last place finish for the Edmonton Oilers in the 2011-12 season…but did they get it right?
The Oil are coming off a last place finish in 2010-11 (which THN called last August), but the team followed that up with a busy summer of addition and subtraction that has led to a renewed sense of optimism around the City of Champions. Could they possibly finish last in the West for a third straight year though?
Before we get into it, let’s just see how accurate the folks over at THN have been over the last two seasons:
Last year, they had four bang-on predictions in the West, three teams finished within two points or less of where they said they would end up and two more teams were one spot away (but more than two points). In the East, they had five bang-on predictions and five teams within three points of where they pegged them to be.
The 2009-10 season wasn’t as good to the gurus at THN, but it was still not a bad haul: they got five right in the West and had one team sitting a spot away from where they predicted. In the East, they had four teams within five points of where they said they would finish and one team within a spot of their prediction.
As you can see, those guys do their homework! Did they get it right when it comes to this year’s Edmonton Oilers though? (more…)