NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 18th (All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (18-20-7-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (12-24-6-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers try to get back on the winning track tonight, as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
The Oilers carried a two-game winning streak into Nashville on Saturday, but were dealt a 2-1 loss by Tomas Vokoun and the Predators. Vokoun made 21 saves and Scott Walker provided the offense with a goal and an assist in Nashville's 2-1 victory at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Ryan Smyth scored the lone goal for the Oilers, who lost for just the second time in five games (3-2).
Tommy Salo was impressive in net for Edmonton, making 29 stops, but the Oilers still lost for the fourth time in five road games. Salo made 14 saves during a scoreless opening period, but Walker beat the Edmonton netminder midway through the middle stanza with a wrist shot to give the Predators a 1-0 edge.
Tonight's game completes the Oilers brief two-game road trip. Edmonton returns home for a three-game set at Rexall Place beginning on Tuesday night against Dallas.
The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, are coming off Friday's win over Los Angeles. Rick Nash scored twice, including a breakaway tally with 2:02 left in overtime, to lift Columbus to the 3-2 home victory.
Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a six-game home losing streak and won for the first time in four games overall.
Marc Denis stopped 22 shots in the win, as Columbus came out on top for just the fourth time in its last 21 games (4-12-3-2).
Nash, the NHL's leader with 27 goals, secured the victory for the Blue Jackets by jumping on a loose puck at center ice and beating two LA defensemen down the ice. He headed toward Roman Cechmanek between the pipes and beat the netminder just underneath his right arm, inside the post on the stickside.
The Blue Jackets, who are in last place in the Central Division, complete a three-game homestand against St. Louis on Wednesday.
Edmonton has dominated the series against the Blue Jackets, going unbeaten in the last eight tilts (6-0-2) and boasting a 10-2-2 mark in 14 all-time meetings. The Oilers have also fared well in Ohio, posting a 3-0-2 record in their last five trips to Nationwide Arena.
01/18 10:31:33 ET