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1990–91 Edmonton Oilers · NHL
Smythe Division Champions
Division 3rd Smythe
Conference 5th Campbell
1990–91 record 37–37–6
Home record 22–15–3
Road record 15–22–3
Goals for 272 (T-11th)
Goals against 272 (12th)
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach John Muckler
Captain Mark Messier
Alternate captains Kevin Lowe
Craig MacTavish
Arena Northlands Coliseum
Average attendance 16,843 (96.2%)
Team leaders
Goals Petr Klima (40)
Assists Mark Messier (52)
Points Esa Tikkanen (69)
Penalties in minutes Steve Smith (193)
Wins Bill Ranford (27)
Goals against average Bill Ranford (3.20)

The 1990–91 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 12th season in the NHL, and they were coming off of their 5th Stanley Cup in the last 7 seasons, after defeating the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals. The Oilers would finish the season with a 37–37–6 record for 80 points, their lowest point total since 1980–81, and Edmonton would score a franchise low 272 goals, however, the Oilers would set a franchise record for fewest goals against, with 272. After a 2–11–2 start to the season, the Oilers would rebound, and finish 3rd in the Smythe Division and continue their playoff streak of making the playoffs every year they've been in the NHL.

Prior to the season, long time Oiler Jari Kurri left the team due to a contract dispute signing with Italian club Milano Devils, leaving a big hole on the teams top line. Injuries would also hurt the Oilers, as Mark Messier would miss 29 games due to injuries, and his 64 points was his lowest total since 1984–85. Messier would also match the lowest goal total of his career with 12, which matched his rookie season total back in 1979–80. Esa Tikkanen would lead the club in points with 69, while Petr Klima scored a career high 40 goals to lead Edmonton in that department. Steve Smith would lead the Oilers defense with 54 points, and his 193 penalty minutes would lead the club.

In goal, Bill Ranford had a solid season, winning a team high 27 games and posting a 3.20 GAA. Grant Fuhr returned from his substance abuse suspension near the end of the season, and put together a solid 6–4–3 record with a 3.01 GAA.

In the playoffs, the Oilers would face their Battle of Alberta rivals, the Calgary Flames, who were huge favourites to win the series, as they finished with 20 more points than the Oilers did. The series went the full 7 games, with the Oilers winning the series in OT at the Saddledome in Calgary to advance to the division finals. There, they met the Los Angeles Kings, who finished 22 points better than Edmonton, however, the Oilers overtime magic continued after dropping the first game of the series, as Edmonton would win 2 games in a row in double OT to take the series lead. Edmonton would go on to win the series in 6 games, clinching the series in OT. In the Conference Finals, the Oilers would face the surprising Minnesota North Stars, who finished the season 12 games under .500, however, they defeated the Presidents Trophy winning Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues, who finished 1 point behind Chicago, to make it to the 3rd round against Edmonton. The North Stars cinderella playoff run would continue, as they defeated the Oilers in 5 games, ending Edmonton's chance for back-to-back Stanley Cups.

Season standingsEdit

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Los Angeles Kings 80 46 24 10 340 254 102
Calgary Flames 80 46 26 8 344 263 100
Edmonton Oilers 80 37 37 6 272 272 80
Vancouver Canucks 80 28 43 9 243 315 65
Winnipeg Jets 80 26 43 11 260 288 63

Game logEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 6 Winnipeg Jets 3–3 Edmonton Oilers 0–0–1 1
2 October 7 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 1–0–1 3
3 October 11 Edmonton Oilers 5–5 Los Angeles Kings 1–0–2 4
4 October 14 Edmonton Oilers 4–5 Vancouver Canucks 1–1–2 4
5 October 16 St. Louis Blues 5–2 Edmonton Oilers 1–2–2 4
6 October 19 Boston Bruins 1–8 Edmonton Oilers 2–2–2 6
7 October 21 Calgary Flames 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 2–3–2 6
8 October 24 Edmonton Oilers 1–3 Winnipeg Jets 2–4–2 6
9 October 25 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Calgary Flames 2–5–2 6
10 October 28 Washington Capitals 1–0 Edmonton Oilers 2–6–2 6
11 October 31 Winnipeg Jets 1–0 Edmonton Oilers 2–7–2 6
12 November 3 New Jersey Devils 5–2 Edmonton Oilers 2–8–2 6
13 November 6 Edmonton Oilers 1–2 St. Louis Blues 2–9–2 6
14 November 8 Edmonton Oilers 3–5 Chicago Blackhawks 2–10–2 6
15 November 10 Edmonton Oilers 4–7 Los Angeles Kings 2–11–2 6
16 November 14 Vancouver Canucks 3–5 Edmonton Oilers 3–11–2 8
17 November 16 Buffalo Sabres 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 4–11–2 10
18 November 18 New York Islanders 1–3 Edmonton Oilers 5–11–2 12
19 November 20 Chicago Blackhawks 3–1 Edmonton Oilers 5–12–2 12
20 November 23 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Buffalo Sabres 5–13–2 12
21 November 24 Edmonton Oilers 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs 6–13–2 14
22 November 27 Edmonton Oilers 7–3 Pittsburgh Penguins 7–13–2 16
23 November 29 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Boston Bruins 7–14–2 16
24 December 1 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 Hartford Whalers 8–14–2 18
25 December 2 Edmonton Oilers 6–3 Philadelphia Flyers 9–14–2 20
26 December 5 Quebec Nordiques 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 10–14–2 22
27 December 7 New York Rangers 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 11–14–2 24
28 December 9 Minnesota North Stars 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 11–15–2 24
29 December 12 Vancouver Canucks 4–5 Edmonton Oilers 12–15–2 26
30 December 15 Edmonton Oilers 3–8 Los Angeles Kings 12–16–2 26
31 December 18 Los Angeles Kings 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 13–16–2 28
32 December 20 Edmonton Oilers 4–7 Vancouver Canucks 13–17–2 28
33 December 22 Edmonton Oilers 6–2 Calgary Flames 14–17–2 30
34 December 23 Vancouver Canucks 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 15–17–2 32
35 December 27 Calgary Flames 1–4 Edmonton Oilers 16–17–2 34
36 December 28 Edmonton Oilers 5–2 Vancouver Canucks 17–17–2 36
37 December 30 Hartford Whalers 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 18–17–2 38
38 January 2 Montreal Canadiens 3–0 Edmonton Oilers 18–18–2 38
39 January 4 Detroit Red Wings 2–3 Edmonton Oilers 19–18–2 40
40 January 8 Edmonton Oilers 1–6 Pittsburgh Penguins 19–19–2 40
41 January 9 Edmonton Oilers 3–5 Detroit Red Wings 19–20–2 40
42 January 12 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 New Jersey Devils 20–20–2 42
43 January 13 Edmonton Oilers 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers 21–20–2 44
44 January 15 Edmonton Oilers 2–2 New York Rangers 21–20–3 45
45 January 17 Edmonton Oilers 6–1 New York Islanders 22–20–3 47
46 January 22 Los Angeles Kings 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 23–20–3 49
47 January 23 Edmonton Oilers 5–6 Vancouver Canucks 23–21–3 49
48 January 25 New York Rangers 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 23–22–3 49
49 January 27 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Winnipeg Jets 24–22–3 51
50 January 30 Vancouver Canucks 4–9 Edmonton Oilers 25–22–3 53
51 February 1 Chicago Blackhawks 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 26–22–3 55
52 February 3 Edmonton Oilers 3–2 Buffalo Sabres 27–22–3 57
53 February 5 Edmonton Oilers 5–6 Boston Bruins 27–23–3 57
54 February 6 Edmonton Oilers 1–5 Hartford Whalers 27–24–3 57
55 February 8 Edmonton Oilers 3–6 Washington Capitals 27–25–3 57
56 February 11 Pittsburgh Penguins 5–7 Edmonton Oilers 28–25–3 59
57 February 12 St. Louis Blues 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 28–26–3 59
58 February 14 Los Angeles Kings 4–2 Edmonton Oilers 28–27–3 59
59 February 16 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 28–28–3 59
60 February 18 Edmonton Oilers 4–0 New Jersey Devils 29–28–3 61
61 February 20 Edmonton Oilers 1–5 Minnesota North Stars 29–29–3 61
62 February 22 Detroit Red Wings 5–5 Edmonton Oilers 29–29–4 62
63 February 24 Quebec Nordiques 3–6 Edmonton Oilers 30–29–4 64
64 February 27 Edmonton Oilers 2–4 Calgary Flames 30–30–4 64
65 March 1 Minnesota North Stars 1–1 Edmonton Oilers 30–30–5 65
66 March 2 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 30–31–5 65
67 March 5 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Winnipeg Jets 31–31–5 67
68 March 6 Edmonton Oilers 1–5 Minnesota North Stars 31–32–5 67
69 March 8 Philadelphia Flyers 4–5 Edmonton Oilers 32–32–5 69
70 March 10 Washington Capitals 5–3 Edmonton Oilers 32–33–5 69
71 March 13 New York Islanders 1–2 Edmonton Oilers 33–33–5 71
72 March 15 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Winnipeg Jets 33–34–5 71
73 March 17 Edmonton Oilers 4–2 Montreal Canadiens 34–34–5 73
74 March 19 Edmonton Oilers 7–6 Quebec Nordiques 35–34–5 75
75 March 23 Winnipeg Jets 3–0 Edmonton Oilers 35–35–5 75
76 March 24 Los Angeles Kings 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 35–36–5 75
77 March 26 Edmonton Oilers 0–2 Los Angeles Kings 35–37–5 75
78 March 28 Edmonton Oilers 4–4 Calgary Flames 35–37–6 76
79 March 29 Calgary Flames 5–6 Edmonton Oilers 36–37–6 78
80 March 31 Winnipeg Jets 3–6 Edmonton Oilers 37–37–6 80

PlayoffsEdit

Edmonton Oilers 4, Calgary Flames 3 Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 4 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Calgary Flames 1–0
2 April 6 Edmonton Oilers 1–3 Calgary Flames 1–1
3 April 8 Calgary Flames 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 2–1
4 April 10 Calgary Flames 2–5 Edmonton Oilers 3–1
5 April 12 Edmonton Oilers 3–5 Calgary Flames 3–2
6 April 14 Calgary Flames 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 3–3
7 April 16 Edmonton Oilers 5–4 Calgary Flames 4–3

Edmonton Oilers 4, Los Angeles Kings 2 Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 18 Edmonton Oilers 3–4 Los Angeles Kings 0–1
2 April 20 Edmonton Oilers 4–3 Los Angeles Kings 1–1
3 April 22 Los Angeles Kings 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 2–1
4 April 24 Los Angeles Kings 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 3–1
5 April 26 Edmonton Oilers 2–5 Los Angeles Kings 3–2
6 April 28 Los Angeles Kings 3–4 Edmonton Oilers 4–2

Minnesota North Stars 4, Edmonton Oilers 1 Edit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 May 2 Minnesota North Stars 3–1 Edmonton Oilers 0–1
2 May 4 Minnesota North Stars 2–7 Edmonton Oilers 1–1
3 May 6 Edmonton Oilers 3–7 Minnesota North Stars 1–2
4 May 8 Edmonton Oilers 1–5 Minnesota North Stars 1–3
5 May 10 Minnesota North Stars 3–2 Edmonton Oilers 1–4

Season statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Esa Tikkanen 79 27 42 69 85
Petr Klima 70 40 28 68 113
Mark Messier 53 12 52 64 34
Joe Murphy 80 27 35 62 35
Craig Simpson 75 30 27 57 66

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Save % GAA
Grant Fuhr 13 778 6 4 3 39 1 .897 3.01
Bill Ranford 60 3415 27 27 3 182 0 .893 3.20
Kari Takko 11 529 4 4 0 37 0 .867 4.20
Pokey Reddick 2 120 0 2 0 9 0 .847 4.50

Playoff statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Esa Tikkanen 18 12 8 20 24
Craig Simpson 18 5 11 16 12
Mark Messier 18 4 11 15 16
Petr Klima 18 7 6 13 16
Glenn Anderson 18 6 7 13 41

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Save % GAA
Grant Fuhr 17 1019 8 7 51 0 .895 3.00
Bill Ranford 3 135 1 2 8 0 .897 3.56

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

October 22, 1990 To Boston Bruins
Vladimir Ruzicka
To Edmonton Oilers
Greg Hawgood
November 10, 1990 To New Jersey Devils
9th round pick in 1991 - Brent Brekke
To Edmonton Oilers
Max Middendorf
November 22, 1990 To Minnesota North Stars
Bruce Bell
Future considerations
To Edmonton Oilers
Kari Takko
March 5, 1991 To Philadelphia Flyers
Kim Issel
To Edmonton Oilers
Brad Aitken

Free agentsEdit

Player Former Team
F Ken Linseman Philadelphia Flyers

Draft picksEdit

Edmonton's draft picks at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
117 Scott Allison Flag of Canada.svg Canada Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
238 Alexander Legault Flag of Canada.svg Canada Boston University (NCAA)
359 Joe Crowley Flag of the United States United States Lawrence Academy (USHS)
467 Joel Blain Flag of Canada.svg Canada Hull Olympiques (QMJHL)
5101 Greg Louder Flag of the United States United States Cushing Academy (USHS)
6122 Keijo Säilynoja Flag of Finland Finland Jokerit (SM-liiga)
7143 Mike Power Flag of Canada.svg Canada Western Michigan University (NCAA)
8164 Roman Mejzlik Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Dukla Jihlava (Czech.)
9185 Richard Zemlicka Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Sparta Praha (Czech.)
10206 Petr Korinek Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Dukla Jihlava (Czech.)
12248 Sami Nuutinen Flag of Finland Finland Kiekko-Espoo (SM-liiga)


ReferencesEdit



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