The Oilers’ Stanley Cup hopes are in the balance, with the team’s current five-game losing streak ending with Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings.
The team has won four straight games after a three-game skid in which it lost five straight games.
The Oilers have a chance to make the playoffs after finishing seventh in the Central Division last season, but their playoff chances have dwindled over the past few weeks as the Oilers struggled to finish games and lost several key players for extended periods of time.
Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said he would like to see the Oilers win the Stanley Cup.
“We’ve done a good job of getting to that point,” Chiareci said.
“But I think it’s a long, long way to go.”
The Oilers finished 11-8-2 last season and will likely finish with the third-worst record in the NHL this season if they don’t win a playoff game.
They have the second-worst goal differential in the league, according to Corsica Hockey.
The NHL has already decided to make its schedule of games this season optional, so the Oilers will have more games to watch than the other eight teams on the schedule.
The Ducks, Kings and Stars all have eight games in their schedules and the Blues and Canucks will have six games apiece.
The Kings, who will host the Ducks on Tuesday night, have the worst record in their division and are coming off their worst road loss in franchise history.
The Stars will be without center Brenden Dillon for the season, who suffered a broken foot in a collision with defenseman Jamie Oleksiak in Friday night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
The loss was Dallas’ first in seven games since Jan. 31.
The Penguins will host Arizona on Tuesday, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is out for the foreseeable future after he fractured his collarbone in Saturday’s game.
Forward Jiri Hudler (back) is also out.
Forward Kevin Hayes (knee) and defenseman Zach Trotman (kicking) also are out.
The Panthers, Sabres and Stars will play the next three games at Canadian Tire Centre.
The Senators will host Edmonton on Wednesday and Dallas on Thursday.
The Wild will host Florida on Thursday and New Jersey on Friday.
Calgary and Nashville play each other on Sunday.
The Flames will host Winnipeg on Monday, and the Predators will host Montreal on Tuesday.
The Islanders will host Ottawa on Wednesday, while the Wild will visit Buffalo on Thursday, and Nashville will host Carolina on Friday, before returning to Chicago.
The Blackhawks will visit Detroit on Sunday and the Ducks will play Washington on Monday.