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The Coyotes are trying to fix Mike Smith, but while they do it, they're probably going to start blowing things up around him. Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle could fetch strong returns on the trade market.
The Oilers have strung together three wins in their last seven games, including big ones over the Blackhawks and Islanders. A couple more and they might get out of the basement.
A 5-2 thrashing of the Islanders was a nice respite from all the losing of late. In fact, the Oilers have earned points in six of their last 10. New coach Todd Nelson still has a big task ahead.
Nine straight losses. One win in their past 21 games. One win against a Western Conference opponent. This season can't possibly get worse, can it?
It's going from bad to worse in Edmonton. Over their last 19 games, the Oilers have lost 18 times.
Dumpster fire? Dumpster fire.
The 11-game losing streak is dead, so that's good news. The bad news is that the Oilers still own the league's worst record and have once again become a punchline.
Oh boy. The Oilers have lost 10 straight. Even when they play well, like over Thanksgiving, they still lose. Edmonton still hasn't beaten a Western opponent and it's beyond the point of frustration now.
If you saw the video of the fans viciously booing the Oilers as they walked to their dressing room, you know how bad it is. It could get worse, and is likely to as the team prepares to sell off pieces.
Edmonton is 2-5-1 in November and have a relatively challenging schedule to close out the month. The good news is that Taylor Hall is back, but the bad news is that he probably isn't enough to get them through a tough stretch.
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The Oilers looked more like their old selves at times Saturday when the team simply could not close out the Canucks and earned a deserved loss. There will still be some growing pains to sort through.
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