Saturday, 27 October 2018

How many points do the 2018-19 Edmonton Oilers need to make the play offs?

With the first month of the 2018-19 Edmonton Oilers season nearly complete I decided to look into how many points will be needed to make the playoffs, either in a divisional automatic place or as a wild card.

Last 5 years last divisional automatic place

2017-18 San Jose 100 points

2016-17 San Jose 99 points

2015-16 San Jose 98 points

2014-15 Calgary 97 points

2013-14 Los Angeles 100 points


Last 5 years last wild card place

2017-18 Colarado 95 points

2016-17 Nashville 94 points

2015-16 Minnesota 88 points

2014-15 Winnipeg 99 points

2013-14 Dallas 91 points


A simple average gives us 98.9 points for an automatic divisional place and 93.4 points for a wild card place.

Adding a safety buffer would probably give a target points total of 100 and 96 respectively.

Assuming a minimum goal for the season is to make the playoffs via the wild card place then to reach the buffer number of 96 points the Oilers need to earn 1.17 points per game.