A Look Back At February For The Edmonton Oilers

As February comes to an end, let us take a quick look at how the Edmonton Oilers this month.

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The Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal scored / Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
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February was a month of mixed results for the Edmonton Oilers as they navigated through a challenging schedule, finishing with a record of 6-5-1. While their performance showcased moments of brilliance, some areas left room for improvement. As the month drew to a close, the Oilers found themselves in a respectable position, occupying the third spot in the Pacific Division with 72 points.

The Oilers kicked off February in a solid position, sitting in third place with 59 points. However, they faced stiff competition from the Los Angeles Kings, who were hot on their heels, trailing by just three points with three games in hand. Also, the Oilers found themselves trailing the Vegas Golden Knights by five points, albeit with five games in hand, and significantly behind the Vancouver Canucks, who held a commanding 12-point lead with four games in hand.

Throughout the month, the Oilers demonstrated resilience on the ice, battling through tough matchups and securing crucial victories. Their ability to grind out wins, even while facing some adversity, showed their determination to solidify their playoff position. However, inconsistency plagued their performance at times, resulting in a handful of losses that hindered their progress.

Despite the ups and downs, the Oilers managed to maintain their standing in the division, thanks in part to standout performances from key players. Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hayman continued to lead the charge offensively, consistently putting up points and making significant contributions to the team's success. In addition, goaltender Stuart Skinner provided stability between the pipes, after having a slow start to the month.

Looking ahead, the Oilers must focus on fine-tuning their game and addressing areas of weakness as they strive to secure a playoff berth. With the race for postseason positioning heating up, every point becomes increasingly valuable, making each game a crucial opportunity to gain ground on their division rivals.

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As March approaches, the Oilers find themselves in a favourable position, holding a two-point lead over the Kings with two games in hand. However, they remain within striking distance of the Golden Knights and Canucks, with plenty of opportunities to close the gap in the coming weeks. With a renewed sense of determination, the Oilers are poised to make a strong push down the stretch as they aim to solidify their spot in the postseason.

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