NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, October 21st
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (2-1-0-1) at Edmonton Oilers (3-2-0-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers target their third straight win
tonight when they conclude a three-game homestand against the St. Louis
Blues at Skyreach Centre.
The Oilers remained unbeaten at home (3-0) on Saturday, as Steve Staios scored
two goals and assisted on another to lead a 6-3 win over Colorado.
Ryan Smyth tallied a goal and two assists, while Cory Cross and Marty Reasoner
each had a goal and an assist in the win. Mike York also lit the lamp for the
Oilers, who have outscored opponents 15-8 on their ice. Away from home,
though, it has been a different story as Edmonton has been shut out in both of
its road contests.
Staios, who picked up his second consecutive three-point game, recorded the
first multi-goal contest of his career.
Tommy Salo made 31 saves in the win.
Edmonton, which was 2-for-8 on the power play, will head to Colorado following
tonight's game before returning home for another three-game homestand.
St. Louis, meanwhile, also enters tonight's contest on a high-note following a
victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Keith Tkachuk and Pavol
Demitra each had a goal and an assist and Doug Weight added three helpers to
lead the Blues to a 4-1 victory.
Chris Osgood stopped 9-of-10 shots in two periods before leaving the game with
a sore hip flexor. Brent Johnson took over in goal and made four saves, and he
will get the nod tonight.
This will be only the fourth start for Johnson in the 25 games (including the
playoffs) since Osgood made his debut with the Blues on March 15.
Petr Cajanek and Chris Pronger also scored in the victory for the Blues, who
scored three times with man-advantage. They had entered the game just 3-for-37
on the power play.
Blues defenseman Al MacInnis remains out indefinitely and could be lost for
the season after the discovery of a torn retina in his left eye. MacInnis
underwent surgery on Friday to re-attach the retina and also had a laser
procedure performed on the right eye to repair a slightly torn retina.
St. Louis was 2-1-1 last season versus the Oilers and is 4-1-2 against them in
the last seven and 6-3-2 against them in the last 11 meetings. Edmonton,
though, has won four of its last six at home against the Blues (4-1-1).
10/21 10:29:47 ET