NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 29th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (9-10-2) at St. Louis Blues (9-9-2), 2:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Edmonton's fast start is by far a thing of the past. The
Oilers will try to avoid their sixth loss in seven games this afternoon when
they visit the St. Louis Blues and Scottrade Center.
The Oilers won their first four games of the 2008-09 season, but then went on
to lose their next five. Edmonton righted the ship a bit with back-to- back
wins, but since beating Philadelphia on November 2, the club is just 3-6-1.
Edmonton has dropped consecutive games yet again after Wednesday's 2-1 loss to
the Kings. Ales Hemsky's goal in the first period tied the game, but Los
Angeles went ahead on Anze Kopitar's second-stanza tally and the Oilers never
Dwayne Roloson made 27 saves for Edmonton, which brings a 7-7-0 road record
into today's game and has won three of its last four as the visitor.
Hemsky broke a six-game goalless stretch and continues to lead the Oilers with
16 assists and 22 points. The 25-year-old's point total is seven more than his
next closest teammate.
He has two goals and 17 assists in 19 career meetings with the Blues.
St. Louis had a three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday thanks to a 3-1
loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Manny Legace allowed three goals on 28 shots,
while Keith Tkachuk scored the Blues' lone goal.
St. Louis had a four-minute power play late in the third period, but failed to
draw closer on the scoreboard because of some big saves by Colorado's Peter
Budaj. David Perron also rang a shot off the iron during the advantage.
The Blues were without Paul Kariya, their leader in assists with 13, for a
ninth straight game because of a lower-body injury. Leading scorer Andy
McDonald, meanwhile, is still expected to miss another six weeks due to a
broken leg. He has a team-best 18 points on the season.
Tkachuk's goal was his first in eight games and tied him with Brad Boyes for
the most on the club this year with 10. Tkachuk has 25 goals and 25 assists in
55 games versus the Oilers, while Boyes has six goals and five assists in
eight games against them.
The Blues have lost three of their last four at home, where they are 5-4-1
Though the Oilers have won their last three versus the Blues, they are just
3-11 with three ties in their last 17 in St. Louis.
11/29 10:35:30 ET