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Oilers systems are starting to click

Andrew Ference (21) of the Edmonton Oilers fights Scottie Upshall of the Florida Panthers during...

Andrew Ference (21) of the Edmonton Oilers fights Scottie Upshall of the Florida Panthers during NHL action at Rexall Place in Edmonton November 21, 2013. (Derek Leung/Getty Images/AFP)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

Turns out there’s really no big secret when it comes to transforming a losing team into a winning team — you just have to start playing better.

Unfortunately for the Edmonton Oilers, it took them about 20 games to figure that out.

And, at 7-15-2, it’s still a bit of a stretch to call them a winning team.

But three victories in a row has the club thinking things might be different around here from now on.

“The guys are getting it, there’s been a lot more solid play in our own end,” said Oilers captain Andrew Ference. “Whether it’s breakouts or backchecking or little positional plays that have really helped — those things are starting to click and we’re being rewarded with more goals and more opportunities in the other end.”

They were rewarded with four straight goals to complete their comeback win over Calgary, seven straight goals in the rout of Columbus and three straight goals to start Thursday’s 4-1 win over Florida.


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