The jersey was tossed to the ice with antipathy, and symbolism, and all the pent up emotion that comes from watching the Edmonton Oilers succumb to another opponent on home ice.

Other game goers just serenaded the club with a chorus of boos after they were blanked 6-0 by the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. It was the third time the Oilers have failed to score a goal in their last five games, the sixth time this season.

They will now drag a six-game losing streak into Monday’s meeting with the Winnipeg Jets — the last game before the Christmas break, which coincides with the holiday roster freeze that remains in effect until Dec. 27.

In short, there will be no immediate changes. The lines were tweaked at practice Sunday and Devan Dubnyk will likely start in net, rather than Ilya Bryzgalov, but that’s where it ends.

This is Craig MacTavish’s first season in the general manager’s office and Dallas Eakins’ first as the head coach. Neither is going anywhere any time soon. And both are banking on the fact the changes they’ve seen since this season started will eventually result in better seasons — all of which is of little comfort to the faithful who have not seen a playoff game since 2006.

“Have we not done well this year? Absolutely. Do I see quiet progress in players and in our game? I do,” said Eakins, “but I do understand the perception that the players in the room and myself and Craig are responsible for the last eight years.

“They look at the jersey. They look at the colours. They look at the team on the ice and I’m OK with that because I fully understand it. They have a great right to be upset. It’s a passion in the market. I’d much rather they be really pissed off right now than not care at all.