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Monday, January 5th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (15-17-7-0) at New Jersey Devils (19-8-9-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers seek their third consecutive win tonight when they visit the New Jersey Devils in continuation of their current road trip.

Edmonton, which is 3-1-1 in its last five, has defeated Minnesota and Chicago in the first two installments of a six-game trek. On Sunday, Ethan Moreau scored early in the third period to snap a tie and lift the Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks.

Ryan Smyth finished with a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who posted consecutive wins for the first time since November and are unbeaten in their last three (2-0-1). Brad Isbister and Jarret Stoll also scored, while Tommy Salo made 22 saves.

Smyth has scored in consecutive games and his 11 goals are second on the team -- Mike York leads with 12.

The Oilers, who are last in the Northwest Division with 37 points, are 7-8-4 on the road. They'll resume their current swing Wednesday on Long Island.

New Jersey, meanwhile, is 0-2-1 in its last three, including Saturday's 3-2 loss in Nashville to close out a four-game trip. David Legwand netted two goals to lift the Predators.

Patrik Elias and John Madden scored for the Devils, who trail Philadelphia by five in the Atlantic Division race. Martin Brodeur turned aside 24 shots in net for New Jersey, which has just one win in its last six contests (1-2-2-1).

Tonight's tilt opens a three-game homestand for the Devs, who are 0-1-1 in their last two at the Meadowlands. They will host Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Edmonton defeated New Jersey last November in East Rutherford, but the Devils are 2-1-1 in their last four meetings. The Oilers are 3-0-1 in their last four trips to Jersey.

01/05 10:46:27 ET


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