NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, February 26th
(All times eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (30-25-6) at Edmonton Oilers (30-25-5), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers will wrap
their season series in tonight's battle between the two clubs at Rexall Place.
Columbus drew first blood in this four-game series, notching a 5-4 home win on
November 5. However, the Blue Jackets dropped a 7-2 test at home versus the
Oilers two weeks later and were then handed a 4-3 defeat in Edmonton on
The Oilers have had success versus the Blue Jackets since Columbus entered the
league, winning four of five and seven of the last nine meetings. Edmonton is
21-7 with three ties all-time versus Columbus and has won 12 of the 15 all-
time meetings in Edmonton.
The Blue Jackets, who have lost four straight at Rexall Place, have followed
up a four-game winning streak by going 2-2-1 over their last five games. They
were last in action on Tuesday when they were handed a 4-1 setback by the
R.J. Umberger scored the only goal for Columbus, his fifth in his last six
games. Umberger's goal was his career-high 21st of the season, passing the 20
he scored as a rookie with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2005-06.
Steve Mason allowed three goals on 27 shots in the losing effort, which came
in the opener of a three-game road trip that ends in Vancouver on Sunday.
Columbus has dropped four of its last six as the guest and is 11-15-4 away
from Ohio this year.
With 66 points, the Blue Jackets are sixth overall in the Western Conference,
but own just a one-point lead over four teams, including the Oilers. Edmonton
stayed in the playoff hunt with Tuesday's 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.
Sheldon Souray tallied twice in helping the Oilers to their first win over the
Lightning in seven years. Erik Cole, Jason Strudwick and Andrew Cogliano also
scored for the Oilers, who last defeated the Lightning on March 6, 2002.
Dwayne Roloson made 26 saves for Edmonton, which snapped a three-game losing
streak and improved to 18-0-1 when leading after two periods.
Edmonton is 1-0-1 on a four-game homestand that ends with Saturday's visit by
Minnesota. The Oilers are 14-11-4 overall at home this season.
02/26 10:50:03 ET