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Friday, January 18th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (21-22-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (22-23-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will try to halt a four-game losing streak this evening, when they welcome the Edmonton Oilers for a rare visit to the RBC Center.

The Hurricanes' skid has helped the Atlanta Thrashers take over first place in the Southeast Division from Carolina. The Thrashers are in first with 49 points and are one ahead of the Hurricanes, who led the division for most of this season.

Carolina played on Thursday night in Ottawa and the Senators blasted the Hurricanes by a 5-1 count. Antoine Vermette scored twice as the Senators skated to the easy win at Scotiabank Place.

Ray Whitney had the lone goal and Cam Ward surrendered all five goals on 32 shots for Carolina, which is in the midst of its longest losing streak since another four-game skid from January 27-February 3 of last season.

Beginning with tonight's tilt, the Hurricanes will play four of their next five games at home. Carolina is 10-10-2 in Raleigh this season and has lost four straight on home ice.

Meanwhile, the Oilers were handed their second straight loss on Thursday, as they dropped a close one in Washington. Matt Bradley scored the only goal in the 12th round of the shootout, as the Capitals edged Edmonton, 5-4, at the Verizon Center.

After 11 scoreless rounds, Bradley roofed a backhander behind Dwayne Roloson and Olaf Kolzig absorbed a Sheldon Souray slap shot in the stomach to secure the win for Washington.

Shawn Horcoff registered two goals and an assist, and Ales Hemsky had three helpers for the Oilers, who have lost two in a row following a season-high four-game winning streak. Roloson finished with 28 saves.

Edmonton is just 9-10-4 as the visiting team this year and is playing the second test of a five-game road trip tonight. The Oilers will also make stops in Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Florida.

The Oilers are stopping in Carolina for the first time since playing to a tie with the Hurricanes on November 11, 2001. Edmonton has won two of the last three encounters between the clubs.

01/18 10:42:07 ET


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