Division of Oil doom?

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:49 PM ET

DENVER, Colo. -- Right now they're looking for a victory over anybody.

Conference rivals, divisional opponents, a bantam AAA team, the Edmonton Oilers need a win. Yesterday they played their second of eight straight contests against divisional opponents.

"Obviously divisional games are important for us in the grand scheme of things, in the big picture, but for us we're just looking at the small picture right now," said Oilers forward Marty Reasoner. "We just want to get our game back to where we feel good about the way we're playing. I think it's just about getting a win and playing well."

So far this season the Oilers have struggled against teams in their own division. They've now lost twice to the Wild, the Vancouver Canucks, the Avalanche and once to the Calgary Flames.

"The fact that this game is against a divisional opponent is kind of on the backburner right now," Reasoner said.

"It's just a matter of playing well and playing hard and we'll worry about our divisional opponents when we start climbing back into that big picture."

Fortunately for the Oilers, their divisional opponents have not left them in the dust. The Wild and the Avalanche are playing well, but the Canucks and the Flames are struggling with consistency.

A couple of wins against divisional opponents would put them right back in the thick of things.

"We have to find ways to get better," said Oilers centre Jarret Stoll.


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