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Friday, December 21st (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (18-13-3) at Edmonton Oilers (16-16-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils continue their tour of western Canada tonight, as they make a stop in Edmonton and the Rexall Place to tangle with the Oilers.

The Devils will visit Edmonton for the first time since December 30, 2001 when the team posted a 2-1 victory. New Jersey is 4-1 with a tie in its last six meetings with the Oilers and hasn't lost in Edmonton since October 31, 1995.

Playing for the first time in Vancouver since December 29, 2001 on Tuesday, the Devils were blanked by the Canucks.

The game had the potential to be a low-scoring affair given both teams' goaltenders, but only one stood tall. Vancouver's Roberto Luongo returned from a rib injury to stop all 32 shots faced in a 5-0 win for his club.

Martin Brodeur, meanwhile, had a tough game as he let up five goals on 24 shots for the Devils, who have dropped four of six. The Devils were shut out for the seventh time this season, which ties the franchise record that the team set in both the 1983-84 and 2001-02 seasons.

New Jersey has lost three of its last four on the road and is 9-8-3 as the visiting team this season. The Devils wrap their three-game tour on Sunday in Calgary.

The Oilers have been out of action since Tuesday, and if anyone needs the rest, it is Edmonton. The team's last five games have all gone past 60 minutes, with the last four ending in a shootout, an NHL record for most consecutive shootout tests.

The stretch started with an overtime loss in Dallas on December 10, and the Oilers then engaged in shootout wins with St. Louis, Detroit and Vancouver.

Edmonton then hosted Dallas on Tuesday, with the Stars leaving town as 2-1 winners. Sergei Zubov netted the only goal in the shootout to lead Dallas.

The first shootout round did not produce a goal and neither did the Oilers' Ales Hemsky to begin the next. Zubov, though, roofed a forehand wrister from in close and after Marty Turco denied Shawn Horcoff, the Stars skated off the with the victory.

Dustin Penner scored the lone goal for the Oilers, while Dwayne Roloson turned aside 35 shots in the loss. Edmonton dropped to 10-2 in shootouts this year.

Edmonton concludes a three-game homestand tonight and is 8-9-1 as the host this year. The Oilers play in Chicago on Sunday.

12/21 10:41:39 ET


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