NHL Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Oilers Turning Things Around

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The 2013 NHL season has seen many different things occur, ranging from teams starting with long unbeaten streaks to now, where many teams are just hanging around the .500 mark.

The Edmonton Oilers are one of those teams as they begin play on Tuesday with an 11-11-6 record. The Oilers have won three of their last four games after losing five straight, and find themselves just outside of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Edmonton has had to depend on their backup goalie during this stretch in Devan Dubnyk, who has played very well in the absence of Nikolai Khabibulin. Dubnyk has started most of the games this season for the Oilers and may be the starter by this point even with the experience of Khabibulin, but needs to keep playing very well for Edmonton.

I had suggested not long ago that the team could be forced to move Sam Gagner but after the team’s play during the last week, I’m not sure that would be the best idea.

The Oilers have a chance here to actually make the playoffs, considering how mediocre most of the teams are this season around the NHL. I think that would be a great accomplishment for this Oilers team, especially after some lean years.

It will boil down to players like Dubnyk, Gagner and Taylor Hall if Edmonton is going to get this done. It would definitely just add to the powerful teams coming from Canada this season, and the potential of several making the playoffs.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.