When red-hot Toronto hosted stumbling Boston on Nov. 5, it was a matchup of the first- and 15th-place teams in the East. Beginning with that 7--0 defeat, the Leafs have dropped five of seven while being racked by injuries, most notably to No. 1 goalie James Reimer. Meanwhile, the Oilers stood third in the West until losing to the Coyotes on, yes, Nov. 5, touching off a string of four losses in six matches. With Ryan Whitney and now Cam Barker out, Edmonton has a wafer-thin blue line. Toronto now ranks fifth in its conference, and the green Oilers are hanging on to ninth place after a 9--2 win over the Blackhawks last Saturday. Still, envisioning both in the playoffs is a stretch.