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Oilers on fast-track to futility

Edmonton's Ryan Jones is knocked down while battling Calgary's Mike Cammalleri during the first...

Edmonton's Ryan Jones is knocked down while battling Calgary's Mike Cammalleri during the first period of the Edmonton Oilers' NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The Oilers lost 4-1 and will shortly hold the record for the longest active run without making the playoffs, at seven seasons. (Codie McLachlan/Edmonton Sun)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

EDMONTON - Can they lose them all?

Can the Edmonton Oilers lose every last game they have left?

That is becoming the question.

Another empty effort. Another no-show for the opening face-off.

Not just of the first period. Of every period.

The Oilers looked, at least until late and when coach Ralph Krueger, for the second time in the last three games pulled his goalie with 3 1/2 minutes to play, like they’d given up on the season.

Which is understandable because it’s over and has been throughout the three-game home stand.

The 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild was their sixth consecutive loss and would be the biggest drop of doom in the league if the Nashville Predators hadn’t lost seven in a row.

The Oilers, who will shortly hold the record for the longest active run without making the playoffs at seven seasons, dropped to 24th place overall Tuesday night. That translates into picking seventh in the NHL Entry Draft.


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