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Draisaitl ensures Oilers haven't given up: 'We're not quitting on anyone'

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Leon Draisaitl insists the Edmonton Oilers aren't throwing in the towel amid an extended slump.

The club lost its fifth straight contest and 11th out of 13 on Wednesday night, a 4-2 result at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We're not quitting on anyone," Draisaitl told reporters postgame. "We're not quitting on our coach, we're not quitting on ourselves as players, our team, our goalies, nobody. We're not quitting."

Speculation has swirled about head coach Dave Tippett's job security during the Oilers' skid. Edmonton started the season 9-1 but now sits fourth in the Pacific Division with 38 points.

Draisaitl, who scored Wednesday to tie teammate Connor McDavid atop the league's scoring race with 53 points, believes time is still on the Oilers' side.

"There's still lots of season left, right?" Draisaitl said. "But it's frustrating. Eventually, you have to find a way to turn it around."

Edmonton returns to the ice Monday versus the Ottawa Senators.

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