NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 25th (All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (10-8-2-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (7-10-2-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With the hoopla surrounding the historic Heritage Classic now behind them, the Edmonton Oilers can turn the focus back to hockey and enjoy the luxury of warmth tonight when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
Edmonton had a four-game winning streak snapped in Saturday night's unique outdoor contest versus Montreal, falling by a 4-3 margin. In front of over 57,000 at Commonwealth Stadium, the Canadiens never trailed en route to the triumph.
Eric Brewer, Jarrett Stoll and Steve Staios scored the Edmonton goals, with Stoll and Staios keeping it close with late tallies. Ty Conklin stopped 19- of-23 shots in net for the Oilers, who braved temperatures that held steadily at two degrees Fahrenheit throughout the match.
Conklin made his seventh straight start in place of Tommy Salo, who remains sidelined with a hip injury. Conklin, who had allowed only five goals during the recent winning streak, is expected to start again this evening and Wednesday in Detroit.
The Oilers are 3-5-1 on hostile ice this season.
Columbus, meanwhile, has won its last two games, topping the Red Wings and Islanders on the heels of an 0-3-2 stretch. On Saturday the Blue Jackets posted a 2-1 win over New York in the second portion of a three-game home set.
Fred Brathwaite stopped 24 shots to earn his first victory of the season. Brathwaite, who was filling in for Marc Denis (flu), made 12 stops in the third period alone.
Rick Nash and Todd Marchant both scored in the second period for Columbus, and Geoff Sanderson posted an assist to stretch his points streak to four games (1g, 4a). Nash tallied his 12th goal of the season, which has him in a four- way tie for second in the National Hockey League. Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk leads the pack with 15 markers.
The Blue Jackets, a stellar 7-3-1 on home ice, will visit Nashville on Wednesday.
Edmonton defeated visiting Columbus, 4-3, in overtime on October 30, winning on a Brad Isbister tally. The Oilers are 6-0-1 in the last seven meetings, and 3-0-1 in their last four trips to Ohio.
11/25 10:14:02 ET