NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, January 18th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (18-20-7-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (12-24-6-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers try to get back on the winning track
tonight, as they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
The Oilers carried a two-game winning streak into Nashville on Saturday, but
were dealt a 2-1 loss by Tomas Vokoun and the Predators. Vokoun made 21 saves
and Scott Walker provided the offense with a goal and an assist in Nashville's
2-1 victory at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Ryan Smyth scored the lone goal for the Oilers, who lost for just the second
time in five games (3-2).
Tommy Salo was impressive in net for Edmonton, making 29 stops, but the Oilers
still lost for the fourth time in five road games. Salo made 14 saves during a
scoreless opening period, but Walker beat the Edmonton netminder midway
through the middle stanza with a wrist shot to give the Predators a 1-0 edge.
Tonight's game completes the Oilers brief two-game road trip. Edmonton returns
home for a three-game set at Rexall Place beginning on Tuesday night against
The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, are coming off Friday's win over Los Angeles.
Rick Nash scored twice, including a breakaway tally with 2:02 left in
overtime, to lift Columbus to the 3-2 home victory.
Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a six-game home
losing streak and won for the first time in four games overall.
Marc Denis stopped 22 shots in the win, as Columbus came out on top for just
the fourth time in its last 21 games (4-12-3-2).
Nash, the NHL's leader with 27 goals, secured the victory for the Blue Jackets
by jumping on a loose puck at center ice and beating two LA defensemen down
the ice. He headed toward Roman Cechmanek between the pipes and beat the
netminder just underneath his right arm, inside the post on the stickside.
The Blue Jackets, who are in last place in the Central Division, complete a
three-game homestand against St. Louis on Wednesday.
Edmonton has dominated the series against the Blue Jackets, going unbeaten in
the last eight tilts (6-0-2) and boasting a 10-2-2 mark in 14 all-time
meetings. The Oilers have also fared well in Ohio, posting a 3-0-2 record in
their last five trips to Nationwide Arena.
01/18 10:31:33 ET