The Edmonton Oilers are doing a lot of losing again — again or still take your pick — but they refuse to believe that this year’s losing team has anything common with all those losers in the past.

The results might suggest the 1-5-1 Oilers are the same old disappointment they’ve always been but the ghosts of failures past haven’t made their way into the dressing room.

The players truly believe they won’t be losers very much longer that they’re on the verge of turning it around for good.

“I remember playing Columbus last year at about the 20-game mark and they were a team that was well below .500 but you could tell they were a team that was playing well and about to make a charge” said winger Taylor Hall.

“I feel like we’re on that verge. We’re sticking with teams that have a lot of skill and we’re working just as hard as them. I have a different feel with this group.”

They all do. They know more than anybody what a bad team looks like and they don’t see it in this year’s room.

“As hard as it is to see and as hard as it is to believe I strongly believe that we’re playing better than we were last year” said winger Jordan Eberle. “We’re out-shooting opponents we’re out-chancing opponents we’re out-playing opponents but the wins aren’t coming.

“That’s when you start to doubt yourself and we can’t have that. You can’t have that doubt that the system doesn’t work because it does and I have full confidence that we’re going to start winning and it’s going to come in bunches.”

You’ll get a slightly different take in the comments section of just about any Oilers-related story lately. Edmonton is understandably tired of losing no matter what those losses look like so there aren’t many fans who share the players view of the situation.

“It’s really hard to stay positive especially with a market like Edmonton that’s really hungry for a winning team” said Hall.

“You don’t really want to pay attention to what everybody else is saying.