NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, January 28th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (23-22-8) at Edmonton Oilers (16-29-6), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will once again try for their first win
since the start of the new year when they welcome the St. Louis Blues for
tonight's battle at Rexall Place.
The Oilers have lost 11 consecutive games since last earning a win over
Toronto on December 30, and the club has also tasted defeat in 18 of its last
19 trips to the ice. Edmonton's last 12-game slide was from February 25-March
Edmonton will try to end the slide in tonight's finale of a four-game
homestand. The Oilers have lost seven straight as the host and have a dismal
9-15-4 record at home this season.
However, the Oilers are expecting some good news tonight, as forward Mike
Comrie appears ready to return from a lengthy bout of mononucleosis. Comrie,
who has five goals and three assists in 16 games this year, hasn't played
since November 16 because of the illness. He is questionable for this
evening's game, as is fellow forward Gilbert Brule, who has sat out the last
seven tests with flu-like symptoms.
Edmonton's latest setback came Tuesday night against Chicago. Jonathan Toews
scored inside the first minute for the Blackhawks, who led the rest of the way
en route to the 4-2 victory.
Fernando Pisani and Ryan Potulny scored for the Oilers, who fell to 0-9-2
during their epic slide. Jeff Deslauriers allowed four goals on 37 shots in
"We knew they were a hard team and they were coming strong," Deslauriers said
of the Blackhawks. "We did a good job. We made a few mistakes, but we have to
be strong and learn from those."
The Oilers will play their next game on the road in Calgary, but will then
return to Edmonton for a two-game homestand.
St. Louis has lost three of its last four games and is coming off a close
regulation loss Wednesday in Vancouver. Christian Erhoff scored the game-
winner in the third period, leading the Canucks to the 3-2 victory at General
Keith Tkachuk and T.J. Oshie each lit the lamp for the Blues, while Ty Conklin
was charged with three goals on 34 shots in the loss.
St. Louis is closing out a three-game road trip tonight and is 14-8-4 as the
visiting team this season. Next up for the Blues is Saturday's home test
The Oilers and Blues have split a pair of meetings this year, but St. Louis
dominated in a 7-2 victory at Edmonton on December 21. That victory ended an
eight-game slide in the series for St. Louis, which has still lost nine of its
last 13 against the Oilers. The clubs have split the last six encounters at
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