The 2022-2023 NHL season witnessed an extraordinary accomplishment by the Edmonton Oilers, as they became the first team since the 1980-1981 New York Islanders to lead the league in both power-play goals (89) and shorthanded goals (18) in a single season. This remarkable achievement speaks volumes about the Oilers’ special teams and their outstanding performance throughout the season.
The Oilers’ impressive power-play conversion rate of 32.4% is a testament to their potent offensive capabilities and skilled roster. Their lethal power play was instrumental in securing a 50-23-9 win-loss record, accumulating 109 points, and achieving a .665 point percentage. The team’s offensive prowess was further highlighted by their total of 325 goals, while their defensive efforts allowed only 256 goals against.
In addition to their power-play success, the Oilers’ penalty kill was also a force to be reckoned with, boasting a 77.0% success rate. This defensive prowess contributed to their league-leading shorthanded goals tally of 18, showcasing their ability to capitalize on opportunities while playing a man down. The Oilers’ average of 33.59 shots per game further emphasized their aggressive offensive strategy, while their 31.37 shots against per game reflected their solid defensive play.
This historic achievement by the Edmonton Oilers is a testament to their well-rounded special teams, which have played a crucial role in the team’s success during the 2022-2023 NHL season. With Playoffs just around the corner, teams, specifically the LA Kings, will be certainly trying to keep the Oilers powerplay off the ice.