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That run of games was broken up half way through by Philly own 8 day layoff, but they never missed a beat since their return, winning a trio of low scoring contests. They closed out Winnipeg 3 1 at home, then won a pair of road games 1 0 over the Rangers and 3 2 in overtime at Boston. All those wins have returned their record to an Oiler esque 22 23 6 but still 9 points out of the last playoff spot in the tough Eastern Conference.
For their part, Edmonton (23 24 3) is miraculously still just 3 points out in the softer West, but there are four other teams smushed between them and that coveted eighth spot. The only way for the Oil to leapfrog a pack that tight is to go on a winning streak of their own. It can stay a turtle derby forever.
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