One point.

After nine games, 17 days, three injuries, a terrible mid-trip slump and a season’s worth fear and loathing, that’s all the ground the Edmonton Oilers lost.

One point.

They are only one point farther away from a playoff spot today than they were when they began their life-or-death journey through Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, Minnesota, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville, Chicago (again) and finally Colorado.

When they left town on Feb. 24, they were tied for 12th, two points out of eighth.

After 27 periods of good, bad and ugly, the Oilers returned home to Edmonton Tuesday night tied for 12th, three points out of eighth.