2006–07 Edmonton Oilers season

The 2006–07Edmonton Oilers season began on October 5, 2006. It was the Oilers’ 35thseason, 28th in the NHL. After making it to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, the club had a disappointing season, finishing out of the playoffs.

NHL team season
2006–07Edmonton Oilers
Division 5th Northwest
Conference 12th Western
2006–07 record 32–43–7
Home record 19–19–3
Road record 13–24–4
Goals for 195
Goals against 248
Team information
General manager Kevin Lowe
Coach Craig MacTavish
Captain Jason Smith
Alternate captains Shawn Horcoff(Feb-Apr)
Ethan Moreau
Ryan Smyth(Oct-Feb)
Steve Staios(Feb-Apr)
Arena Rexall Place
Average attendance 16,839 (100%)
Minor league affiliate(s) Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Ryan Smyth (31)
(Traded mid-season)
Assists Ales Hemsky (40)
Points Ryan Smyth (53)
Petr Sykora (53)
Ales Hemsky (53)
Penalty minutes Matt Greene (109)
Plus/minus Daniel Tjarnqvist (+3)
Wins Dwayne Roloson (27)
Goals against average Dwayne Roloson (2.75)

Prior to the season the club experience the stunning loss of star defenceman Chris Pronger. After helping the Oilers to the Stanley Cup final in the 2005–06 season, Pronger requested a trade due to personal reasons. In early July, Pronger was sent to the Anaheim Ducks for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid and various draft picks.[1]

Not only did Pronger leave, but another major acquisition from the previous season, Michael Peca, was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent. Despite the losses in personnel, the Oilers had a very strong start to the season, briefly propelling them to the top of the Northwest Division standings. The Oilers would slowly fall back of the pack however, finding themselves well out of a playoff spot by the trade deadline.

At the deadline, the Oilers again stunned the NHL by trading their leading scorer, and pending Unrestricted free agent, Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders for two prospects and a first-round draft pick.[2] Reports later indicated that Smyth and the Oilers were only $100,000 apart in contract negotiations when the Oilers chose to make the trade.[3]

On the same night as the Smyth trade, the Oilers retired former captain Mark Messier‘s number 11 sweater. The celebration of Messier also included having a street named after him in Edmonton. Oilers general manager, and Messier’s former teammate, Kevin Lowe was noticeably absent from the retirement ceremony. Messier won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers during his time in Edmonton.[4]

The Oilers set new marks in this season for both success and failure. Edmonton recorded its 1,000th regular season win in the NHL on January 2, 2007,[5] while late in the season, the Oilers lost 12 consecutive games, a mark that surpassed Edmonton’s previous record of 11. However, the NHL does not now consider an overtime loss a true loss, thus the feat did not officially break the franchise record for losses.[6][7]

In May 2007, Daryl Katz offered $145 million towards the purchase of the team. Sources close to the Edmonton Journal state that, as part of the deal, the team will remain in Edmonton.[8] No negotiations took place as the owners immediately responded that the Oilers were not for sale.[9]

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Excluding shootout goals scored, the Oilers had the fewest goals scored of all 30 NHL teams, with just 192.[10][11]

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 3 Vancouver Canucks 82 49 26 7 222 201 105
2 7 Minnesota Wild 82 48 26 8 235 191 104
3 8 Calgary Flames 82 43 29 10 258 226 96
4 9 Colorado Avalanche 82 44 31 7 272 251 95
5 12 Edmonton Oilers 82 32 43 7 195 248 71

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime/shootout loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; PIM = Penalties in minutes; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

2006–07 Game Log
October: 7–4–0 (Home: 6–0–0 ; Road: 1–4–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
1 October 5 Calgary Flames 1 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 1–0–0 2 [12]
2 October 7 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 2 Calgary Flames Roloson 19,289 1–1–0 2 [13]
3 October 12 San Jose Sharks 4 – 6 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 2–1–0 4 [14]
4 October 14 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 3 Colorado Avalanche Roloson 18,007 3–1–0 6 [15]
5 October 16 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 2 Vancouver Canucks Roloson 18,630 3–2–0 6 [16]
6 October 17 Vancouver Canucks 1 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Markkanen 16,839 4–2–0 8 [17]
7 October 21 Detroit Red Wings 1 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 5–2–0 10 [18]
8 October 23 Phoenix Coyotes 2 – 5 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 6–2–0 12 [19]
9 October 25 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 6 Anaheim Ducks Roloson 13,537 6–3–0 12 [20]
10 October 26 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 6 Phoenix Coyotes Markkanen 13,021 6–4–0 12 [21]
11 October 28 Washington Capitals 0 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 7–4–0 14 [22]
November: 6–5–2 (Home: 4–3–1 ; Road: 2–2–1)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
12 November 1 Nashville Predators 5 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 7–5–0 14 [23]
13 November 3 Dallas Stars 3 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 7–6–0 14 [24]
14 November 7 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 3 Montreal Canadiens SO Roloson 21,273 7–6–1 15 [25]
15 November 8 Edmonton Oilers 0 – 3 Detroit Red Wings Roloson 20,066 7–7–1 15 [26]
16 November 10 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 1 Columbus Blue Jackets Roloson 16,902 8–7–1 17 [27]
17 November 12 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 5 St. Louis Blues Markkanen 9,214 8–8–1 17 [28]
18 November 13 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 1 Colorado Avalanche Roloson 17,725 9–8–1 19 [29]
19 November 16 St. Louis Blues 2 – 6 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 10–8–1 21 [30]
20 November 18 Detroit Red Wings 3 – 4 Edmonton Oilers SO Roloson 16,839 11–8–1 23 [31]
21 November 21 Calgary Flames 1 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 12–8–1 25 [32]
22 November 24 Chicago Blackhawks 1 – 5 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 13–8–1 27 [33]
23 November 28 Anaheim Ducks 3 – 2 Edmonton Oilers OT Roloson 16,839 13–8–2 28 [34]
24 November 30 Colorado Avalanche 7 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 13–9–2 28 [35]
December: 5–9–0 (Home: 2–4–0 ; Away: 3–5–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
25 December 2 Columbus Blue Jackets 4 – 0 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 13–10–2 28 [36]
26 December 4 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 0 Vancouver Canucks Roloson 18,630 14–10–2 30 [37]
27 December 6 Carolina Hurricanes 1 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Markkanen 16,839 15–10–2 32 [38]
28 December 8 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 0 Dallas Stars Roloson 17,182 16–10–2 34 [39]
29 December 10 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 4 Chicago Blackhawks Roloson 11,523 16–11–2 34 [40]
30 December 12 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 3 Nashville Predators Roloson 12,032 16–12–2 34 [41]
31 December 14 Minnesota Wild 1 – 3 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 17–12–2 36 [42]
32 December 15 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 4 Colorado Avalanche Roloson 17,589 17–13–2 36 [43]
33 December 19 Colorado Avalanche 7 – 6 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 17–14–2 36 [44]
34 December 21 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 2 Phoenix Coyotes Markkanen 12,704 18–14–2 38 [45]
35 December 23 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 3 Dallas Stars Roloson 18,136 18–15–2 38 [46]
36 December 28 Los Angeles Kings 7 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 18–16–2 38 [47]
37 December 30 Vancouver Canucks 6 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Markkanen 16,839 18–17–2 38 [48]
38 December 31 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 4 Calgary Flames Roloson 19,289 18–18–2 38 [49]
January: 7–4–2 (Home: 4–3–1 ; Away: 3–1–1)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
39 January 2 Florida Panthers 1 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 19–18–2 40 [50]
40 January 4 Dallas Stars 6 – 5 Edmonton Oilers SO Roloson 16,839 19–18–3 41 [51]
41 January 5 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 3 Vancouver Canucks OT Roloson 18,630 19–18–4 42 [52]
42 January 8 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 1 Los Angeles Kings OT Roloson 16,224 20–18–4 44 [53]
43 January 10 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 2 San Jose Sharks Roloson 17,496 21–18–4 46 [54]
44 January 12 Minnesota Wild 4 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 21–19–4 46 [55]
45 January 13 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 3 Calgary Flames Roloson 19,289 21–20–4 46 [56]
46 January 16 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 1 Minnesota Wild Roloson 18,568 22–20–4 48 [57]
47 January 18 Anaheim Ducks 1 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 23–20–4 50 [58]
48 January 20 Calgary Flames 4 – 0 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 23–21–4 50 [59]
49 January 26 San Jose Sharks 5 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 23–22–4 50 [60]
50 January 27 Los Angeles Kings 3 – 4 Edmonton Oilers Markkanen 16,839 24–22–4 52 [61]
51 January 31 Columbus Blue Jackets 2 – 5 Edmonton Oilers Markkanen 16,839 25–22–4 54 [62]
February: 5–6–2 (Home: 2–2–0 ; Away: 3–4–2)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
52 February 1 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 5 Vancouver Canucks Roloson 18,630 25–23–4 54 [63]
53 February 3 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 2 Colorado Avalanche Roloson 17,645 26–23–4 56 [64]
54 February 6 Vancouver Canucks 5 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 26–24–4 56 [65]
55 February 9 Chicago Blackhawks 1 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 27–24–4 58 [66]
56 February 11 Atlanta Thrashers 1 – 5 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 28–24–4 60 [67]
57 February 13 Edmonton Oilers 0 – 3 Boston Bruins Roloson 16,449 28–25–4 60 [68]
58 February 15 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 2 Buffalo Sabres OT Roloson 18,690 28–25–5 61 [69]
59 February 17 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 4 Toronto Maple Leafs Roloson 19,599 28–26–5 61 [70]
60 February 20 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 4 Ottawa Senators SO Markkanen 19,716 28–26–6 62 [71]
61 February 22 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 0 Columbus Blue Jackets Roloson 15,541 29–26–6 64 [72]
62 February 23 Edmonton Oilers 4 – 3 Detroit Red Wings SO Roloson 20,066 30–26–6 66 [73]
63 February 25 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 4 Minnesota Wild Roloson 18,568 30–27–6 66 [74]
64 February 27 Phoenix Coyotes 3 – 0 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 30–28–6 66 [75]
March: 1–12–1 (Home: 1–7–1 ; Road: 0–5–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
65 March 1 Minnesota Wild 5 – 0 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 30–29–6 66 [76]
66 March 3 Calgary Flames 4 – 2 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 30–30–6 66 [77]
67 March 7 Tampa Bay Lightning 3 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Markkanen 16,839 30–31–6 66 [78]
68 March 9 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 5 Anaheim Ducks Roloson 17,174 30–32–6 66 [79]
69 March 11 Edmonton Oilers 0 – 3 San Jose Sharks Roloson 17,496 30–33–6 66 [80]
70 March 12 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 5 Los Angeles Kings Markkanen 16,954 30–34–6 66 [81]
71 March 15 Minnesota Wild 2 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 30–35–6 66 [82]
72 March 17 St. Louis Blues 3 – 2 Edmonton Oilers OT Roloson 16,839 30–35–7 67 [83]
73 March 19 Vancouver Canucks 2 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 30–36–7 67 [84]
74 March 21 Colorado Avalanche 5 – 1 Edmonton Oilers Roloson 16,839 30–37–7 67 [85]
75 March 23 Colorado Avalanche 3 – 4 Edmonton Oilers SO Roloson 16,839 31–37–7 69 [86]
76 March 24 Nashville Predators 4 – 0 Edmonton Oilers Markkanen 16,839 31–38–7 69 [87]
77 March 27 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 4 Nashville Predators Roloson 16,382 31–39–7 69 [88]
78 March 29 Edmonton Oilers 2 – 5 St. Louis Blues Markkanen 13,745 31–40–7 69 [89]
April: 1–3–0 (Home: 0–0–0 ; Road: 1–3–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
79 April 1 Edmonton Oilers 1 – 2 Chicago Blackhawks Roloson 12,193 31–41–7 69 [90]
80 April 3 Edmonton Oilers 0 – 3 Minnesota Wild Markkanen 18,568 31–42–7 69 [91]
81 April 5 Edmonton Oilers 0 – 3 Minnesota Wild Markannen 18,568 31–43–7 69 [92]
82 April 7 Edmonton Oilers 3 – 2 Calgary Flames Roloson 19,289 32–43–7 71 [93]

Legend:

  Win (2 points)  Loss (0 points)  Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

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