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EDMONTON -- With their NHL playoff hopes slim at best, the Edmonton Oilers say now is when they have to show the professionalism and character that will enable them to finish the season on a positive note. <a href="">Nike Air Jordan Retro 5</a>. Just a couple weeks ago, the Oilers looked like they had a chance to be in the playoff mix. However, the team has struggled of late and is a longshot to make the post-season with just eight games left to play. "We know the situation were in but we have to keep it positive," forward Jordan Eberle said after practice Friday. "As soon as you start getting negative or guys start wallowing it just gets worse. Weve gone through it the last couple of years. We have to stay as positive as we can. "Dont get me wrong, guys are definitely down in here. It sucks. Any time youre put into a situation where your backs are against the wall its tough, but we have to have a good push tomorrow." The 16-17-7 Oilers host the Calgary Flames on Saturday, the first of six home games they play among their final eight. Entering Fridays games, Edmonton sat 12th in the Western Conference with 39 points, five back of eighth-place Detroit. The competition will be tough down the stretch. Of the Oilers eight remaining games, only Calgary and Colorado are below them in the standings. Four of Edmontons six home games are against teams with decent road records: Anaheim (twice), Chicago and Vancouver. Edmonton is a mediocre 8-11-3 on the road this season. The Oilers will play their remaining road games at Colorado and Minnesota. One of Edmontons biggest problems has been an inability to play consistent hockey for three full periods. The Oilers looked solid during a recent five-game winning streak that moved them into eighth place. But that momentum was snuffed by the current four-game skid and they have fallen back down the standings. "Were in an extremely tough spot but its not over for us yet," said goalie Devan Dubynk. "We need to bring the energy, not sulk or whine about it. We need to understand that we need to change the way were playing to win games and we have to have energy to do that. "Part of being a professional is learning how to get back on the right track, how to get energy, create energy when its not an easy thing to do. Thats character, thats how you get to this level and how youre successful at this level." The Oilers will also be without the services of forward Ales Hemsky for about a week as he nurses a nagging foot injury. Coach Ralph Krueger put the club through an up-tempo, spirited and enthusiastic practice Friday. He said its important everyone realizes they have to make each of the remaining games valuable and not worry about the standings. "We need to stay small picture, make very game valuable and see where we are in a week," he said. "But were also working on a process, on the fact April needed to be meaningful for the Edmonton Oilers again. We got to that point and were enjoying the process, even though the difficult times like right now. Theres good spirit, good morale in the dressing room. "Expectations in our dressing room have changed dramatically, from one year ago to today. Were going into every single game expecting to win and we feel extreme pain when we dont." <a href="">Nike air jordan 3 schuhe weiß-rosa</a>. In five games this season, the 24-year-old Omark was held without a point. He split his time last season between Edmonton and Oklahoma City, appearing in 51 games for the Oilers and 28 for the Barons. <a href="">Nike air jordan schuhe weiß</a>. When it came to Euro 2012, even the champion Spanish National team did not achieve perfection due to their opening match draw against Italy. <a href=""></a>. 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Head coach Bob Hartley says he wont name another captain before the off-season and leadership will fall to assistants Curtis Glencross, Jay Bouwmeester, Mike ;Cammalleri and Mark Giordano. <a href="">Nike Air Jordan Retro 6</a> "From now on, we will go with a rotation of three assistants per game and I just told them I wanted to see them perform, to keep them putting their leadership out there every day whether its in the room or on the ice with younger players and they were all good with this," Hartley was quoted on the Flames website Friday. ' ' '

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