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St. Louis visits Rexall Place tonight

Thursday, 16.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / Edmonton Oilers
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St. Louis visits Rexall Place tonight
The Edmonton Oilers return from a grueling road trip that saw them play five games in seven days. The Oilers were able to salvage a .500 record with a big win on Monday night in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.

St. Louis had a three-game losing streak snapped on Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 win over the Oilers. Prior to that victory, the Blues had only one win in their prior seven outings.

The Oilers have dropped five of their past seven but their fast start in October has kept them in a good position. They sit in second place in the Northwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference.

OILERS TO WATCH: With two goals last game, Ryan Smyth has continued to be a hot hand for the Oilers. He has 12 goals through 18 games which is a 55-goal pace and tied with Alexander Ovechkin for fourth in the league Brad Winchester was one of Edmontons best players on that road trip, along with his linemates Marty Reasoner and Patrick Thoresen. Winchester has five points (three goals) in his last six games.

BLUES TO WATCH: Five former Oilers are on the St. Louis Blues roster: Doug Weight, Bill Guerin, Radek Dvorak, Eric Brewer and Martin Rucinsky Guerin is enjoying a resurgence this season, with eight goals through his first 16 games he only needs five more goals to match his total from all of last season. Weight is still looking for his first goal of the season. He has nine assists through 16 games Keith Tkachuk has 16 points through 16 games to lead the Blues.

ROSTER UPDATES: Edmonton – Ethan Moreau (shoulder) is out; Ryan Smyth (knee) is probable. St. Louis – Dallas Drake (foot) is questionable. Jay McKee (hand) is out. Vladimir Orszagh (knee) is out.

WEIGHT HITS MILLENNIUM MARK:
St. Louis Blues centre Doug Weight will ironically be playing his 1000th game tonight against his old team, the Edmonton Oilers. Weight played 588 of those games in Edmonton. During that time, he scored 157 goals and added 420 assists for 577 points.

FAST FACTS: The Blues have played in eight one-goal games this season and have a 3-2-3 record. On Sunday afternoon, Rucinskys empty-netter gave St. Louis a two-goal win The Blues scored in the first minute of a game twice this season, but lost in overtime and a shootout in those matches Three of Radek Dvoraks four goals have come in the third period.
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