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Thursday, October 18th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (2-4-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (2-3-0), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will try to put the brakes on a four- game losing streak this evening, when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.

The Oilers began the year with consecutive victories, but have since dropped four straight tests -- all in regulation.

Edmonton's two most recent setbacks came in a home-and-home series with the Vancouver Canucks. The Oilers dropped a 5-2 decision to the Canucks at home on Friday and were then handed a 4-1 loss in Vancouver the following night.

Daniel Sedin scored twice in a 2:18 span in the second period on Saturday night to lift the Canucks to the win at General Motors Place. Vancouver has now won seven straight against the Oilers.

Andrew Cogliano scored the lone goal while Dwayne Roloson stopped 18 shots in the loss for the Oilers.

To make matters worse for the Oilers they will have to play the next month without defenseman Sheldon Souray, who suffered a separated shoulder in Saturday's game. Souray, who signed a five-year, $27 million deal to join Edmonton in the offseason, led all NHL defenseman with 26 goals last season.

The Oilers are playing the middle test of a three-game road trip tonight. Edmonton, which is 0-3 as the visiting club this season, will complete its swing Saturday evening in Calgary.

The Coyotes are playing the second of three straight games at home after losing the opener of the stand last Saturday against Minnesota. Eric Belanger's shorthanded score with 3:15 left in regulation was the difference, as the Wild scored twice in the third period to top the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2.

Daniel Carcillo scored both goals for Phoenix while Alexander Auld stopped 23 shots. The Coyotes have dropped three of their last four games following a season-opening win over St. Louis.

The Oilers and Coyotes have split the season series in each of the last two seasons with each club winning four of the eight matchups. Edmonton has won four of the last six matchups and taken two of the last three tilts in Phoenix.

10/18 10:31:44 ET

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