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Saturday, November 1st (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (4-4-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-2-2), 3 p.m.

(Sports Network) - After opening the season with four straight wins, the Oilers have gone cold at both ends of the ice. Edmonton will attempt to halt a five-game losing streak this afternoon in a test with the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

The Oilers netted at least three goals in all four of their wins to open the season, but are being outscored 17-5 over their five-game skid (0-4-1). They have been shutout twice during the losing streak and managed to score just once in a 3-1 loss in Nashville on Thursday.

Sheldon Souray notched that lone tally, as the Oilers began a seven-game road trip by dropping their fourth straight as the visitor. Edmonton is 2-4-0 as the road club this season.

Souray's goal came on the power play, with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky getting assists, and Souray has two goals and four assists in eight games this year. Brought in last year as a free agent to bolster the power play, Souray played in just 26 games due to a shoulder injury. He had three goals and seven assists in his first year with the Oilers.

Mathieu Garon allowed three goals on 25 shots on Thursday and he has lost each of his last three starts. After yielding just two goals a game in winning his first three starts of the season, Garon has a 4.36 goals against average during his personal slide.

The Hurricanes play the first of back-to-back home games today after wrapping a six-game road trip 3-1-2 with Thursday's 1-0 win over St. Louis. Cam Ward stopped all 19 shots faced for his first shutout of the season and seventh of his career. Ward is 3-1-2 with a 2.45 GAA in six games this season.

Tuomo Ruutu tallied the lone goal for Carolina, with Eric Staal and Dennis Seidenberg notching the helpers. The goal came with 9:41 left in the third frame, as Ruutu poked home a rebound while on the power play.

The Hurricanes, who lead the Southeast Division by one point over Washington, are 1-1-0 at home this year and host Toronto on Sunday.

Behind Staal's fourth career hat trick, Carolina posted a 7-2 home victory over Edmonton last season and has won two of the last three in the series.

11/01 10:21:16 ET


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