When did the corpse of the 2007-08 Edmonton Oilers get up and start skating around? After an 8-2 run they are five points out of a playoff slot with eight regular-season games to go. I kind of wish there were a prediction market that priced "will make playoffs" contracts, but I don't know of one. Right now Vegas has the team at 90-to-1 to win the whole shooting match. Considering that they'll be entering the playoffs as a #8 seed, the probability of the Oilers winning on the condition that they reach the tournament can't be objectively rated much higher than 1/16; Vegas must think that the Oilers have at least a 1-in-6 shot to get in. I think anybody in this city would have taken that deal on September 1.