The Columbus Blue Jackets are the league's only team to have already been eliminated from postseason contention.
The Edmonton Oilers are well on their way to joining them.
After blasting his team for a lackluster performance, coach Tom Renney hopes to see a better effort from the Oilers when they host the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.
Edmonton's 59 points can only best Columbus' 51, and the Oilers (26-36-7) are headed for a third straight last-place finish in the Northwest Division. Although Edmonton will almost certainly miss the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year, Renney expects to see his players compete.
He felt his team gave up in Monday's 3-2 loss to San Jose, the Oilers' sixth defeat in seven games.
"Problem No. 1 was playing not to lose," he said. "Problem No. 2 is two power-play goals for your opponent. Problem No. 3 was deciding it was just too hard.
"We have a few people who need to look in the mirror here because this is unacceptable. You're the Edmonton Oile...