NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 5th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (6-4-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (4-6-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The up-and-down Edmonton Oilers will aim for their third
consecutive victory tonight, when they visit the struggling Columbus Blue
Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
The Oilers opened the season on a four-game winning streak before dropping
five straight tests. Edmonton has since won back-to-back games and is 2-1-0 so
far on a season-high seven-game road trip.
Edmonton's most recent triumph came Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia, as the
Oilers held on for a 5-4 decision over the Flyers. Ales Hemsky picked up three
points on two goals and one assist to lift the Oilers.
Erik Cole, Dustin Penner and Sheldon Souray also tallied for the Oilers.
Defenseman Tom Gilbert picked up three helpers and fellow backliner Ladislav
Smid added a pair of assists.
Dwayne Roloson made 22 saves for the win, his second in as many days.
The Oilers grabbed a 5-2 lead with 8:08 remaining in the second period, but
Philadelphia was able to score the next two goals to make it a one-goal
contest early in the third. However, the Flyers were never able to get the
The win improved Edmonton's road record to 4-4-0 on the season.
The Blue Jackets have dropped two straight and five of their last six
contests, but have earned points in their last two outings.
Columbus lost a 4-3 shootout decision to visiting Chicago on Saturday and was
then handed a road overtime setback by the New York Islanders on Monday.
Chris Campoli gave the Isles the victory with his second tally of the game at
3:13 of the extra session.
R.J. Umberger had two goals and Marc Methot had the other score for the Blue
Jackets. Fredrik Norrena made 25 saves.
Tonight marks the opening test on a four-game homestand for Columbus, which is
2-2-1 on the season at Nationwide.
The Oilers took three of four from the Blue Jackets a year ago and have taken
six of the last eight meetings overall. Edmonton has won three of the last
four in Columbus as well.
11/05 10:30:50 ET