According to @jasongregor, the Oilers are 13-12 against playoff teams, but 4-16 against non-playoff teams.
That doesn't really surprise me in the slightest. When you're a bad team in the middle of a long slog where there isn't a light at the end of the tunnel yet, you look for motivation and what better motivation than to bust your ass against the best teams to show yourselves that you can compete with the best. On the other hand, when you're out of the playoff picture and completely ravaged by injuries, as well as being in the middle of a long season and winter, what motivation is there to get up for a game against, say, Columbus, outside of not-last-place bragging rights?
I'm thankful for this concussion I have, because I'll have trouble remembering this (so far) lackluster game.
Beard Guy: ...I think I got my think a concussion.
Marco: Waitin' on you!
Beard Guy: ...now... cause remember I can't fix stuff?
Debbie DuPree: Oh, great! Now what do we do?
Beard Guy: I gotta lay down back... 'cause our concussion had me sleepy.