After seeing their four-game win streak snapped, the Edmonton Oilers will try to rebound against the visiting New York Rangers on Monday.
The Oilers' late-season push towards a Western Conference wild-card berth hit a snag on Saturday, when the team dropped a 3-2 result to Toronto. The defeat was just Edmonton's second regulation loss (6-2-1) in its last nine games.
Edmonton remains seven points behind Minnesota for the final Western playoff spot, plus Arizona, Colorado and Chicago are all ahead of the Oilers in the standings. There isn't much time left for the Oilers to gain ground, making Monday's game against the inconsistent New York Rangers a must-win situation.
New York (68 points) actually has more points than the Oilers (67), though the Rangers are 11 points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card berth. Since the playoffs aren't yet mathematically out of reach, however, the Rangers aren't ready to concede.
"We've got 14 games to go, and you can feel it in that locker room, winning feels way better than losing. Obviously, our situation is what it is, but we want to win hockey games," Rangers head coach David Quinn said. >> Read more
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