EDMONTON OILERS (13-16-2) at
ST. LOUIS BLUES (16-10-1)
7:08 p.m. MST
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Game Notes | Edmonton/St.Louis Stats Comparison | Player Head-to-Head Statistics
The Edmonton Oilers look to get back on the winning side of things and avenge last week's loss with a win tonight over the St. Louis Blues.
The Oilers played an uncharacteristically high scoring game in Dallas last night, ultimately losing 5-4 late in overtime. At one point during the game, the teams traded five goals in a span of just over four minutes.
Edmonton is now winless in its last three games on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
The Blues' last game was also high scoring, for all the wrong reasons. They were hammered 9-5 by the Colorado Avalanche. Edmonton is looking to close the gap between itself and the seventh-place Blues and could narrow it to three points with a win tonight.
This is the second of four meetings this season between the Oilers and Blues. St. Louis won 4-3 at Rexall Place this past Friday.
Just The Facts...
LINEUP UPDATE (12:45 PM): Sheldon Souray
will make his return to the lineup tonight. Souray has been out since October 13 with a sprained shoulder. Mathieu Garon will make the start in goal.
OILERS TO WATCH:
Oilers fans ordering tonight's game on Pay Per View will get an opportunity to watch Sheldon Souray
suit up for the team for the first time since October 13. Last season, Souray led all NHL defencemen with 26 goals but he's only played six games so far this year and has a goal and an assist... Shawn Horcoff
enters tonight's game on a seven-game scoring streak. He has five goals and 11 points during that time... Robert Nilsson added to his career high scoring streak last game with an assist on Sam Gagner
's goal. He now has six points in six games.
BLUES TO WATCH:
Lee Stempniak has picked up a point in five straight games, including four goals and two assists... After opening the season with no goals in his first 25 games of the season, former Oiler Doug Weight has scored a goal in each of the last two games... Brad Boyes scored twice against Edmonton last Friday and has 17 in 27 games... Keith Tkachuk will be honoured prior to tonight's game for playing his 1000th career NHL game. He has three assists in his last two games for St. Louis.
Edmonton – Geoff Sanderson (back) is questionable. Ethan Moreau (foot) is out. Matt Greene (ankle) is out. Dick Tarnstrom (concussion) is questionable; St. Louis – Martin Rucinsky (hand) is out. Manny Legace (leg) is out.
Despite an impressive 9-3-1 record over their past 13 games, the Blues have only scored three more goals than their opponent over that timeframe. St. Louis has netted 37 goals while allowing 34... The Blues have not allowed a power play goal on home ice since October 27 against Washington, killing off 24 straight penalties... The Blues have scored 38 goals at home this season - 11 of which have been scored by Brad Boyes... When St. Louis scores three or more goals in a game, they are 15-1-0.
Sheldon Souray - A retrospective -
In a wide-ranging interview, we talk to Sheldon Souray
about his career leading up to his time here in Edmonton. Souray returns to the Oilers lineup tonight for the first time since October 13. ...more
The Other Side
- Blues host Oilers to start homestand - The Blues will hold a ceremony honoring Keith Tkachuk's 1,000 games milestone before Tuesday's game vs. Edmonton.
- Bluescast: Catching up with JD - Blues broadcaster Chris Kerber caught up with Blues President John Davidson to discuss the season thus far in the latest BluesCast. Listen now, then catch up on past episodes you may have missed. ...more
Odds and Ends
- Patrick LaForge on Oilers Live - Oilers President & CEO Patrick LaForge will be the guest on Oilers Live this Thursday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m. MST. Get your questions in today! ...more
From the Wire
The St. Louis Blues are coming off perhaps their worst loss of the season, but also they've shown the ability to bounce back under coach Andy Murray.
St. Louis looks to avoid losing back-to-back games for just the second time this season when they host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night, nearly one year to the date Murray helped the Blues begin their impressive turnaround.
St. Louis (16-10-1) lost 9-5 to Colorado on Sunday. Hannu Toivonen - pressed into service recently due to Manny Legace's knee injury - stopped only 17 of 25 shots. Marek Schwarz, making his season debut as Toivonen's backup, faced four shots and made only three saves.
"Nothing went the way we wanted," St. Louis defenseman Christian Backman said. "It was just not a good game."
Murray, who took over for the fired Mike Kitchen on Dec. 12, gave his team Monday off after their late arrival from Denver combined with icy weather in the Midwest. He also believes his team will respond.
"After I came on board, basically we tried to sell a belief system that if we played hard every night and competed, that we would have an opportunity to be successful," Murray said. "You know, losing is misery. And you can either feel good about yourself and win and work extremely hard or not put the effort in and have that losing feeling."
When Murray took over the Blues, they were mired in a seven-game losing streak and were just 7-17-4. They dropped Murray's first four games, but have gone 43-26-8 since then and the 94 points earned in that span ties them with Colorado for eighth-most in the league.
"Andy has brought a system in and just a change, a change in the way people think," Blues team president John Davidson said. "Players believe in him, the fans believe in him, and nobody works harder."
St. Louis lost a season-high three in a row from Nov. 3-9.
The Blues, who got two goals from Brad Boyes in a 4-3 win at Edmonton on Friday, will be looking for their fourth straight win overall against the Oilers (13-16-2) and fourth in a row when facing them at the Scottrade Center.
Boyes failed to score against the Avs on Sunday, but still leads St. Louis with 17 in only 27 games this season. With his next goal, Boyes will exceed his total from last season, split between Boston and St. Louis.
Edmonton (13-16-2) kicked off a three-game road trip with its third straight loss, 5-4 in overtime to Dallas on Monday. Dwayne Roloson's road woes in net continued for the Oilers when he was pulled just over 9 minutes into the game after giving up three goals on six shots.
"Three goals in 10 minutes is too much," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "I can't say exactly what the problem was, but it was time for a change."
In 10 road starts this season, Roloson is 1-7-1 with a 3.91 goals-against average. At home, he's 5-4-0 with a 2.51 GAA in nine starts.
Roloson has made only six career starts in St. Louis, going 2-2-0 with two ties and a 1.63 GAA. He hasn't registered a victory there, though, since posting a 3-0 shutout in March 2002 while with Minnesota.
Mathieu Garon, who allowed two goals in place of Roloson on Monday, was in net for Friday's loss to St. Louis. He's 2-0-0 with a 1.92 GAA in his career at St. Louis.
Shawn Horcoff scored his team-high 14th goal in the loss to the Stars, giving him five goals and six assists in a seven-game points streak. Against the Blues, Horcoff has two goals and six assists in a five-game run.