Refresher course. This is how it works.The Edmonton Oilers, by winning their last two games have fallen to seventh place in current positioning for the NHL Draft Lottery that they’ve won four times in the last decade.They’ve gone from 8.5-to-1 to 6.5-to-1.Is it all coming back?It should. Edmonton has been a regular at this event.Remember in 2016 when the NHL, due in part to Edmonton repeatedly winning the damn thing, changed the rules?The draft, in which only the five worst teams could win the prized pick, changed so that any team outside the playoffs had a shot — indeed three shots at the top-three picks in three separate lotteries.That would normally mean if the Ottawa Senators finish 31st overall and don’t win any of the lotteries, they’d pick fourth.But the insanely screwed up Senators don’t own their first-round pick. It belongs to the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs watched with great glee as Eugene Melnyk’s team moved their top players at or before the trade deadline. One of them was Matt Duchene whom they used their first-round draft pick to obtain in the first place.The Avs can keep battling for a playoff position and not even have to consider a ‘Lose For Hughes’ strategy.The percentage chance of winning the right to select Jack Hughes going into Sunday’s play:1. Ottawa (Colorado) 18.5.2. Detroit 13.5.3. Los Angeles 11.5.4. Anaheim 9.5.5. New Jersey 8.5.6. Vancouver 7.5.7. Edmonton 6.5.8. Chicago 6.9. NY Rangers 5.10. Florida 3.5.11. Buffalo 3.12. Colorado 2.5.13. Arizona 2.14. Philadelphia 1.5.15. Columbus 1.What’s suddenly interesting that Edmonton may be dealing with here in the final 17 games of the season is the team will be looking at one set of standings and the fan base looking at the other.Coach Ken Hitchcock, if you can ignore that embarrassing, humiliating loss by his Oilers in Toronto, has produced points in the NHL standings in the other six of the last seven games.After managing to win only one of 12 previous games as the teams came around the final turn into the home stretch, they’ve gone 4-1-2 since.And after Saturday’s surprise 4-0 win over the all-in Carolina Hurricanes, who were big buyers at the trade deadline, Hitchcock used his post-game media scrum to announce to the town (and, one suspects, his team), that they’re not going to pull the parachute.“We have a hell of a team going right now and we’re not going to let go of the rope,” is how he put it after the win in Columbus. “You don’t know how long it takes to come together but this group is very tight and very cohesive with our game right now and we want to keep it going.”Hitch was projecting continued success.“We have the most home games of anybody after we come back, which is substantial. That’s huge,” he said of 10 of the final 16 being at Rogers Place.You can debate just how substantial or how huge that might be with the Oilers having just come out of a run where they lost 12 of 14 at home. But I suspect most fans want to watch them begin to make the new downtown arena a tougher place to play for the visiting teams and take it to the future.And there’s also the entertainment factor.It may be fun to watch Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as they complete the career seasons they’re having in the stats sheets, but it would be a lot more fun with them smiling and winning games.The trouble with Hitchcock’s pronouncement was what happened about nine hours later in Calgary.The Minnesota Wild defeated the Calgary Flames on Jarome Iginla’s number retirement and banner-raising night. Despite the Oilers recent run, that left Edmonton still seven points back of the final wildcard spot.They’re not gaining any ground. And there’s no lack of other teams around.The computerized statistical Sports Club Stats has Edmonton with a 1.9 per-cent chance of making the playoffs.The Oilers have been skating around with a fork in them for most of February and nothing has changed.Which begs the question: Are you good with this?The answer, with most Oilers fans, I suspect, is a resounding, ‘Yes!’They’re not delusional. I doubt if you could find many folks outside their dressing room holding out any hope for post-season play. But I believe they’re all for the team believing and/or at least playing for each other until the mathematical certainty that they’re officially out of it.And I suspect the Oilers winning the No. 1 pick for a fifth time, a happening that would be derided, disdained and disparaged by the rest of the hockey world, might even be too embarrassing for Edmonton.But maybe winning, say, the third pick, and getting Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes … well, that might be OK.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOn Twitter: @ByTerryJonesLatest Oil Spills podcast: Oilers play it safe on trade deadline dayThe Edmonton Oilers did not make a deal at the NHL’s trade deadline. Derek Van Diest and Jim Matheson talk about why that may be, and whether making a trade before the deadline is really worth it.Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play or Soundcloud. You can also listen via the player below.