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Oilers not giving up on post-season, despite statistics

Edmonton Oilers Andrew Ference and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins prepare for a faceoff Oct. 29, 2013. (Ian...

Edmonton Oilers Andrew Ference and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins prepare for a faceoff Oct. 29, 2013. (Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

EDMONTON - Halloween is barely over and the Oilers have already ruined Christmas.

Nice.

To be 10 points out of a playoff spot after 14 games, to know the season is all but over before the smoke has even cleared from the opening night pyrotechnics, is beyond comprehension.

This was the season the Oilers were finally going to stop being doormats and start showing some progress in the never-ending rebuild, but if you believe the statistics, they are out of it earlier than they’ve ever been out of it before. They will miss the playoffs for the eighth straight season.

“Somehow we have to find some strength within this team and push back and win some games,” said veteran Ladislav Smid, who joined the organization in 2006 and has yet to see a post-season game. “Obviously, nobody wants to be in this situation, but for the past four or five years it’s been the same story.”

There are extenuating circumstances involved in why they’re this deep in the mud — like uncharacteris


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