NHL teams have been known to win a lot of games.
But they’ve also had the rare feat of winning in the final weeks of a season, when the final stretch could determine the winner of the Stanley Cup.
That’s what happened last season with the Minnesota Wild, who won the first half of the regular season and went on to win the first two playoff games of the season.
And it’s what could happen this year, when a team like the Edmonton Oilers, who have a chance to be a top-three NHL team for the first time since the 2010-11 season, could be looking at a playoff spot and perhaps a Stanley Cup as well.
Read MoreWhen the Wild won the Stanley in 2017-18, they had a great season.
They finished first in the Western Conference, which had a lot to do with that.
But as the season went along, they fell to fifth in the league in goals for and fourth in goals against.
And they had to come back from a 2-1 deficit in the second round to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games to finish eighth in the NHL standings.
The Oilers were a playoff team last season, but they missed the playoffs by one point.
They went 7-6-1 the rest of the way.
And now they have to go through a tough stretch to even have a shot at the playoffs, which would be a new low for the team that finished ninth in the standings last season.
But the Wild did not lose many games this year.
They scored a total of 1,924 goals.
The only team in the West that was better with less than 1,000 goals was the Los Angeles Kings, who scored 2,945.
And the Wild were one of just seven teams in the playoffs to score fewer than 1.5 goals per game.
They have three playoff games remaining.
The Oilers, on the other hand, are in a tough spot.
They won just one of their first six games of this season and are in last place in the Central Division.
The Wild have a long way to go before they even get into the playoffs.
But the Oilers have the right ingredients to get back to the playoffs with a few more wins.
Here are five reasons why the Oilers could be in position to make a deep run in the postseason:1.
Winning the Stanley should be their goal.
The team with the most points in the Stanley has a good chance of winning the Stanley, and it’s not going to be easy to get there.
The best teams have a high probability of winning it.
If the Oilers don’t have the best record in the East, or if the best team in their division loses, then they’re going to struggle to win it.
The same is true for the Western Division and for the conference finals.2.
The Ducks are a better team than the Wild.
Anaheim has been one of hockey’s elite teams for years, but it lost the Stanley last season after beating the Canucks in six and taking a game off the New York Rangers in seven.
The Anaheim Ducks had one of those winning seasons.
But that season was the exception, not the rule, and the Ducks finished a disappointing seventh in the Pacific Division.
They got better in the offseason, and they won the division again.
But this season, the Ducks are still a very good team.
The question is whether the Wild can beat them in the conference.3.
Edmonton could have a lot going for it.
They had the best goaltender in the world for most of last season when he was with the Chicago Blackhawks.
But now, with Jake Allen back in net and Connor McDavid coming back from injury, the Oilers are in the midst of a new era.
Allen and McDavid were dominant last season; Allen led the NHL in save percentage, while McDavid and Allen were tied for the lead in goals-against average.
McDavid also led the league with six shutouts, while Allen and Allen both had eight.
The new Oilers coach Todd McLellan is a big fan of McDavid, and he’s the type of coach who could put Allen at the top of the goalie rankings.4.
Edmonton’s defense has the potential to make some noise.
The defense is one of a few areas where the Wild have struggled over the past few seasons.
The most obvious problem is that they have struggled to find any consistent offensive firepower on the blueline.
This year, Edmonton’s penalty kill was one of only three in the entire NHL to score more than 3.00 goals per shift, and that’s despite the fact that they’re a lot better defensively than their opponents.
They also allowed more goals than the opposition this season than any other team in either conference.
They need to find some offensive punch in their lineup if they want to be competitive.5.
The goalies need to be sharp.
Connor McLeod is one that has a long history of