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Will the Oilers give up on the season if they are eliminated from playoff contention?
The Edmonton Oilers are lucky to have such a talented group of forwards, but beyond their high-end skilled players, the Oilers lack substance.
While the skill players will be the ones providing the spark, it is the role players and the supporting cast that will shape the team's identity.
The Oilers have a few players, such as Ladislav Smid and Mike Brown, who provide that physical presence to the team, but the Oilers lack a blend of diversity to their attack.
Edmonton will be hard-pressed to make the playoffs this season after struggling down the stretch, but these next seven games could go a long way in helping to establish the team's identity.
The remaining games will establish whether or not the Oilers have that desire and the drive to compete night in and night out.
If the Oilers are eliminated from playoff contention midway through this final push toward the end of the season, it will be interesting to see if the team essentially quits, or players continue to play out the season with maximum effort.