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Thursday, February 22nd (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (28-26-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (23-31-6), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will try again for the first win on their current seven-game road trip this evening, when they travel to Columbus and the Nationwide Arena to battle the Blue Jackets.

The Oilers, who are 10-15-4 as the visitor this season, began their trek with a loss to Boston on February 13 and have since dropped games to Buffalo in overtime, Toronto and Ottawa.

Edmonton did mange to earn its second point of the swing when it fell to Ottawa, 4-3, in a shootout on Tuesday.

Petr Sykora scored twice and Tom Gilbert's first career goal tied the contest with 19.8 seconds to play for slumping Edmonton, while Jussi Markkanen allowed three goals on 34 shots in the loss.

Edmonton will travel to Detroit Friday and then wrap its trip Sunday against Minnesota. The Oilers' recent skid has dropped them into a tie with Colorado for last place in the Northwest standings and eight points out of a playoff spot.

The club remains without forward Fernando Pisani and Jarret Stoll, who are both sidelined with concussions. Both players have joined defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist (groin) and forward Ethan Moreau (right shoulder surgery) on injured reserve.

Columbus is also a last-place club as it sits in the bottom of the Central standings, and was in action on Tuesday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to St. Louis in a shootout.

David Vyborny, Jason Chimera, Ron Hainsey and Rick Nash tallied goals and Fredrik Norrena ended with 31 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped seven of their last nine.

Columbus is 14-14-3 at home this year, but will hit the road for a game on Saturday against the Rangers in New York.

The Oilers have taken two of three from Columbus this year and are 11-3-3 (11 wins, 3 ties, 3 losses,) in the last 17 meetings.

02/22 10:31:27 ET


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