The losses are eating away at Sam Gagner and his busted jaw and the taste is far from being a juicy tenderloin. It’s more like a five-day old egg sandwich instead.

He’s been back two games and being a part of 4-0 and 5-0 Edmonton Oilers’ drubbings at Rexall Place at the hands of Toronto and Detroit sting a whole lot worse than his own personal numbers, which are certainly uneven (no points, minus-4, 20:08 average ice-time and 14 wins, 15 losses in the faceoff circle). Gagner knows he’ll get going as he takes Mark Arcobello’s spot on the second line, but will the team he’s played for for seven years do the same?

Gagner’s stats need buffing — especially the plus/minus — but what about the Oilers as a group, with the first game of a four-game road trek against the Florida Panthers up next on Tuesday?

When asked if this is as frustrated as he’s been since joining the team in 2007, Gagner doesn’t stickhandle.

“Yeah,” he said. “We’ve put ourselves here ... you want to be known as a winner and for the stretch we’ve had where we’ve won five in a row or 10 of our last 11, that’s been the most fun in my career. But we can’t be afraid to fail (now). We’re worried about the outcome.”

How do you get a fear of failure?

“Comes with losing. When you play pretty well early in the season and you aren’t rewarded with it, you start to go into a shell,” Gagner said after the most recent home shutouts, which have seen the Oilers’ run without a goal now at 155 minutes (the last one being Nail Yakupov on a power play against Jonathan Quick in L.A. on Oct. 27). The last even-strength goal came off the stick of David Perron against Mike Smith in Phoenix on Oct. 26. That’s one 5-on-5 goal in almost 206 minutes.

“There’s bound to be some bumps. I expected that coming back,” said Gagner.

He was talking about his jaw, not his stats — the jaw with the plate and screws and protected by a visor and a football-type face mask that’s been jolted a few times along the boards. Elbows are always up, sometimes sticks, too.

“The jaw’s not fully protected, but (it’s) good enough,” he said.

His stats need to be better, obviously. If people expected him to wheel back in and have a goal and two helpers and be an even player in his first two games after not playing for about five weeks since he ate Zack Kassian’s stick in the pre-season ... well, Gagner is not Sidney Crosby.

He’s definitely feeling his way back. Gagner played 21:54 in his first game against Toronto and 18:23 last Saturday, when the Red Wings were at Rexall.

“I’ve been through this before (coming off an injury, ankle sprain in camp when he crashed into the boards), where I was pressing. I feel I’ve learned from that, the mistakes I made. I rushed things,” said Gagner. “Coming in this time, I was in better shape, but I have to lay off myself, too.”

“I do think about things, a lot. First time, I put pressure on myself to produce right away and being a leader, trying to do everything ... it’s going to take time (with the jaw, not seeing the puck as well with the facial gear and getting up to the speed of the games). I have to make sure I’m doing the right things. It becomes more heightened (the heat to make stuff happen) when the team’s losing.”