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Oilers post best stretch while defying numbers

The Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Jones collides with the New York Islanders' Thomas Hickey during third...

The Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Jones collides with the New York Islanders' Thomas Hickey during third period NHL action at Rexall Place in Edmonton Alta., on Thursday March 6, 2014. (David Bloom/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

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Two goals in nine periods coming out of the Olympic break.

Out-shot in 10 of their last 11 games.

Power play is operating at 10% over the last 10 games.

Shut out twice in the last eight games.

No shots in the first 11 minutes against Ottawa.

Forty minutes late for Thursday’s game against the hurt and lowly Islanders.

And anybody seen Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?

Yup, you guessed it, the Edmonton Oilers are one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League right now.

It doesn’t make a tremendous amount of sense — unless you’re willing to concede, as Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman famously said, that “statistics are for losers” — but this is the most successful stretch of hockey the Oilers have played in nearly three years.

They are, somehow, 7-2-2 in their last 11 starts after Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders.


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