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It has been more than two months since the Oilers strung consecutive wins together. Every now and again they show signs of life, only to have a crushing reminder of where they are.
The Oilers busted up a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs. They're now tied with the Coyotes for last place in the West and five points clear of last-place Buffalo.
The Oilers were officially eliminated from playoff contention last week with 15 games to go in the season. It's hard to believe this is an organization that was playing for the Stanley Cup less than a decade ago.
Jeff Petry was the Oilers' best trade chips and one of the better players on an expiring contract available at the deadline. He brought back two draft picks. Probably a fair price for a rental, but given the market, they probably could have done better.
Jeff Petry is really the only chip the Oilers have that could bring back a decent return. Where he ends up is not quite as interesting as what the Oilers can squeeze out of that trade
This is a familiar spot for Edmonton. They're just playing out the rest of the season and hoping for the best, which would be another draft lottery win.
It was nice of the Oilers to help the Maple Leafs end their record losing streak, but in actuality, the Oilers are in one of their best stretches of the season. That's not saying much, but they're 5-4-0 in their last nine games.
The Oilers probably don't have to worry about finishing in last place this year, but they're still the favorites to pick no lower than third in the draft. That could put them in range to nab top defensive draft prospect Noah Hanifin. Silver lining?
The Oilers actually strung a couple of wins together with four in their last 10 heading into the break. But they did get surpassed by the Sabres for the top spot in the Connor McDavid power rankings.
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.
Preseason Power Rankings
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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