NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 13th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (14-18-10-2) at Edmonton Oilers (16-19-7-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers complete a four-game road trip this
evening when they battle the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Both teams have 40 points this season, but Florida is in better shape, as it
trails Tampa Bay by five for first place in the Southeast Division. The Oilers
are in last place in the Northwest Division -- 17 points behind Vancouver.
The Panthers started their swing with an overtime win in Philadelphia, but
then lost in Calgary before playing to a tie in Vancouver on Sunday. Mattias
Ohlund and Henrik Sedin scored third-period goals to rally the Canucks to a
2-2 deadlock at GM Place.
Valeri Bure scored both goals for Florida, which is 2-1-1 in its last four
overall. Steve Shields finished with 27 saves for the Panthers.
Bure has tallied three goals and three assists in five games this month, and
leads the team with 13 scores and 27 helpers for the season.
The Panthers were 1-for-7 on the power play and killed off each of Vancouver's
four chances with the extra skater.
Edmonton, meanwhile, is coming off a 1-0 setback in Washington on Sunday
evening. Olaf Kolzig made 26 saves to record his first shutout of the season,
leading the Capitals. Edmonton has now been blanked five times this season.
Tommy Salo, who fell to 4-2-1-1 in his last eight starts, denied 21-of-22
shots he faced in the losing effort. Nonetheless, the Oilers ended their six-
game road trip with a respectable 3-2-0-1 mark.
The Oilers, winless in their last five home games (0-3-2), begin a brief two-
game stand tonight.
Edmonton is 2-1-1 in the last four meetings and is 3-0-1 in its last four home
tilts against the Panthers.
01/13 10:32:31 ET