NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 17th
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (17-23-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (12-27-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will try to post consecutive wins for
the first time in nearly two months when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets
tonight at Nationwide Arena.
The Oilers, who are ahead of only Anaheim and Columbus in the Western
Conference standings, ended a five-game slide Sunday with an overtime victory
against visiting Los Angeles. Edmonton hasn't notched two wins in a row since
recording road victories in Nashville and Minnesota on Nov. 22 and 25,
Edmonton grabbed a 2-1 victory over the Kings thanks to Taylor Hall's power-
play goal 3:06 into overtime.
With LA forward Justin Williams sent to the penalty box at the 2:45 mark of
overtime, the Oilers capitalized on the power play quickly. Ales Hemsky's
slapper from the top of the left circle was stopped by Jonathan Quick, but
Shawn Horcoff gathered the rebound in front and made a backhanded pass to
Hall, who put the puck into the back of the net.
"[Shawn and myself] have been working on that little play, where if there's
any loose stuff around the net I just kind of creep around the side and look
for an open net," Hall said.
Josh Green scored in regulation for the Oilers, while Devan Dubnyk made 20
Sunday's victory allowed Edmonton to salvage a win in their three-game
homestand and the Oilers will try to halt a three-game road losing streak
tonight. The Oilers are just 6-16-1 as the guest this season and will also
visit St. Louis on Thursday before heading back to Edmonton for a two-game
The hobbled Oilers are still without key players like Jordan Eberle (knee),
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) and Tom Gilbert (knee), and defenseman Eric
Belanger was added to that list when he missed Sunday's tilt with a leg issue.
He is questionable for tonight's game.
The Blue Jackets, who are last in the NHL with just 29 points, have lost three
of their last four games and are coming off Saturday's 2-1 regulation loss
against visiting San Jose. That setback dropped Columbus to 1-1 on its four-
game homestand and 7-12-3 as the host this season.
Columbus was tied with the Sharks late in regulation, but Patrick Marleau
scored the game winner with 2:57 left in the third.
"I'm happy with the way the guys played," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards
said. "I thought we had to overcome a lot of obstacles in the game."
Rick Nash lit the lamp and Curtis Sanford made 31 saves for the Blue Jackets,
who are 1-2 since Richards took over as head coach for the fired Scott Arniel.
The Oilers and Blue Jackets met once earlier this season and Edmonton posted a
6-3 win on home ice. Columbus has taken five of eight overall in this series
and the Oilers have lost four straight and five of their last six in Ohio.
01/17 11:00:03 ET