At least the Edmonton Oilers lead the NHL in something. Unfortunately, the organization’s Seven Year Glitch means they’re the best at being the worst. With the Toronto Maple Leafs clinching a playoff spot Saturday night, and the Oilers losing Sunday for the seventh time in eight games, Edmonton’s playoff drought is now the longest in the league. Longer than the Islanders, longer than the Thrashers/Jets, longer than the Panthers, Flames or Blue Jackets. Longer than all those teams the people in Edmonton used to laugh at. Who’s laughing now, Oilers fans? “To have another season where we’re out of the playoffs, another season where we’re playing meaningless games at the end of the year, is very frustrating,” said Taylor Hall, after the Oilers were mathematically eliminated with a 3-1 loss to the Ducks. “It’s something we’re not proud of.” So, while the Ducks are preparing themselves for the post-season, the Oilers have resigned themselves to the fact they’ll be on the outside looking in. Again. “It’s not a fun place to be,” said Devan Dubnyk. “It’s disappointing where we are right now.” Especially when they’ve been there more consecutive seasons than anyone else in the league. “It’s tough, it’s been extremely tough on me,” said Shawn Horcoff, who’s been here for all seven years of it. “We made some steps and at least this year we got some meaningful games in, gave ourselves a chance to get in, but it fell off as of late. “I think we’re moving in the right direction. It’s just a little slower than we’d like.” A little slower than a lot of people would like. This was supposed to be the year they were supposed to contend for a spot — and they did for about a week there — but the surge came and went in a hurry and they’ve sunk to 12th in the Western Conference, behind the Flames.
Edmonton Oilers officially out of playoffs following 3-1 loss to Anaheim Ducks
Edmonton Sun | Apr 22