NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, March 29th (All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (31-39-7) at St. Louis Blues (31-33-12), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers continue their lengthy season-ending road trip tonight, when they battle the St. Louis Blues in a battle of non- playoff teams at Scottrade Center.
The Oilers began their six-game swing Tuesday in Nashville and were handed a 4-3 loss in the finale of a home-and-home series between the teams. J.P. Dumont set up the tying goal with a brilliant backhand pass midway through the third period, then notched the game-winning tally shortly after to lead the Predators to the close victory.
Ales Hemsky, Petr Sykora and Toby Petersen scored for the dreadful Oilers, who fell to 1-11-1 in the month of March and have managed just three wins in their last 21 contests (3-15-3). Dwayne Roloson allowed four goals on 28 shots in the loss.
Edmonton, which reached Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals last spring, will miss the playoffs for the third time in the last five seasons.
The Oilers are a dismal 12-20-4 as the visiting team this year and have dropped five straight road tests.
The Blues were also just swept in a home-and-home series, as they were handed consecutive 4-1 defeats by Columbus. The Blue Jackets earned a victory in Columbus on Saturday and also posted a win in St. Louis on Tuesday. In the series finale, Fredrik Modin scored twice to lead the Jackets.
Eric Brewer had the lone tally for St. Louis on Tuesday, which has dropped four of its last five overall.
Blues netminder Curtis Sanford had a rough night, allowing three goals on 12 shots before being pulled in the second period. Jason Bacashihua finished in net, allowing one goal on 13 chances the rest of the way.
The Blues are playing the middle contest of a three-game homestand this evening and are 17-19-3 as the host club this season. After St. Louis closes this residency Saturday against Anaheim, the club will end the season with a four-game road trip.
St. Louis has taken two of three tilts with the Oilers this season and five of the last six overall encounters in the series.
03/29 10:24:31 ET