ST. LOUIS BLUES (29-30-10) at
EDMONTON OILERS (33-31-5)
7:08 p.m. MDT
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The Edmonton Oilers return home to meet the St. Louis Blues for a single game at Rexall Place following a successful two-game road swing through Columbus and Chicago.
Edmonton won both games in overtime on the trip, with Andrew Cogliano
getting the O.T. winner each time. On Friday, Columbus tied the game at 1-1 with 0.8 seconds left before Cogliano won it 1:53 into the extra frame.
Sunday afternoon, Chicago tied the game with 4:35 to go but Cogliano again worked his magic, tipping in a great pass from Robert Nilsson for the winner 3:01 into the fourth period. Nilsson also assisted on Cogliano’s goal on Friday.
With Sunday’s win, the Oilers moved within two points of 10th spot in the Western Conference. They still have a tough task ahead of them to make the playoffs, but with six wins in their last seven games they are moving up the standings quickly.
St. Louis is in a stretch of games where they play 11 of their last 15 games on the road. Tonight is the fourth game of that stretch. This is also game four of a nine-game road trip that will go a long way to deciding their season.
With only one win in their last 11 (1-9-1), the Blues are falling out of the race. They will need to win the majority of their games from here on out and that means winning on the road.
This is the fourth and final meeting between these two teams this season. Edmonton has won twice while St. Louis has won once.
Just The Facts...
LINEUP UPDATE (1:24 PM):
Edmonton goes with the same lineup as Sunday... In addition to Dan Hinote and Mike Johnson being injured, Keith Tkachuk is likely to sit out tonight's game as well. Jay McKee suffered an ankle injury last night in Calgary and will be a gametime decision. Defenceman Roman Polak has been recalled from Peoria (AHL) as a replacement.
OILERS TO WATCH:
With Geoff Sanderson out with a back injury, Marc Pouliot got some game action during the team’s recent two-game trip. He picked up his first point of the season on Sunday in Chicago, earning the first assist on a goal by Curtis Glencross… Glencross has done very well since joining the Oilers. He has three goals and six points in 13 games with a +3 rating and 28 penalty minutes. While with the Blue Jackets, he had six goals and 12 points in 36 games so he is ahead of that pace. He had only 25 PIM with Columbus… In three games against the Blues, Dustin Penner
has three goals and four points. Sunday afternoon he scored his first goal in seven games. Ales Hemsky
has four points (all assists) in two games against St. Louis.
BLUES TO WATCH:
Goaltender Manny Legace has not played much against the Oilers this season due to the timing of his injuries. Last time the two teams met, Legace started the game but had to exit following the first period due to dehydration. He played part of the game last night in Calgary but was pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots… Brad Boyes has been an Oiler killer this season. In three games, he has scored three goals and added two assists for five points with a +4 rating. Boyes is enjoying a career year with 36 goals in 69 games. He had a pair of goals last night in Calgary… Acquired from Anaheim for Doug Weight, Andy McDonald has scored nine goals and added 17 assists for 26 points in 36 games with St. Louis so far this season. His performance is much improved over his stint with the Ducks where he had only four goals and 16 points in 33 games.
Edmonton – Geoff Sanderson (back) is questionable. Ethan Moreau (broken leg) is out. Shawn Horcoff
(shoulder) is out. Sheldon Souray
(shoulder) is out. Raffi Torres (knee) is out; St. Louis – Dan Hinote (stomach) is out. Mike Johnson (shoulder) is out. Keith Tkachuk (shoulder) is doubtful. Jay McKee (ankle) is questionable.
Robert Nilsson comes into tonight’s game on a seven-game scoring streak. During the streak, he has scored two goals and added six assists for eight points. Earlier this season, Nilsson had an eight-game scoring streak (2g, 7a)… St. Louis has only given up 30-or-more shots in a game 19 times this season... The Blues are 25-8-1 when scoring three-or-more goals in a game... St. Louis is 25-7-3 when allowing two goals-or-less... The Blues are 20-11-4 when scoring first.
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From the Wire
The Edmonton Oilers are still alive for a playoff spot in the Western Conference and have a rookie to thank for it.
Paced by the solid play of first-year center Andrew Cogliano, the Oilers look for a third consecutive victory when they host the struggling St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
Cogliano, the club's first pick in the 2005 NHL draft, scored in overtime for the second straight game Sunday, giving the Oilers (33-31-5) a 6-5 win at Chicago. He had the game-winner 1:53 into the extra period of a 2-1 victory at Columbus on Friday.
"He's made two great plays in back-to-backs," said Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish of Cogliano, who has 15 goals and 22 assists in 69 games this season. "The 4-on-4 is just made for his game. He gets the puck, just takes off and makes the play."
Cogliano, who recorded his first career two-goal game Sunday, has six and three assists in his last seven contests for the Oilers, who are 6-1-0 since losing three in a row. Cogliano, however, has been held without a point in three games against St. Louis in 2007-08.
Edmonton is nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and is looking to make a desperate push for the postseason in its final 13 games.
On Sunday, Robert Nilsson added a goal and an assist, while Mathieu Garon stopped 33 shots for the Oilers, who recorded their league-leading 17th win in games that have gone to overtime or a shootout.
Two of those victories have come against St. Louis (29-30-10).
After losing 4-3 at home to the Blues on Dec. 7, the Oilers won the last two meetings - both in St. Louis - 5-4 in a shootout on Dec. 11 and 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 2.
Edmonton's Dustin Penner, who scored a power-play goal Sunday, had two goals - including the game-winner - in the most recent meeting with the Blues, and has three and an assist versus them this season.
St. Louis, which looks for a third straight victory at Edmonton as it plays the fourth on a season-high nine-game road trip, dropped its third consecutive contest, 7-3 at Calgary on Monday night.
The Blues, who own the second-worst record in the West, have lost nine of 10 games and are on the verge of missing the playoffs for a third straight season.
"It's frustrating, we had such a great start and we've been pretty much (giving) it away in the last two months," said St. Louis goaltender Manny Legace, who was pulled in his 300th career game after allowing three goals on the first 11 shots he faced Monday.
Legace, who has made 27 straight starts, is 5-2-0 with a tie and a 2.65 goals-against average in his career versus Edmonton. He did not earn a decision when he left after one period due to a head injury in his only start this season against the Oilers in January.
Brad Boyes scored two goals for the second straight game Monday after going without one in his previous eight contests. Boyes, who has a team-leading 36 goals, has three and two assists against the Oilers in 2007-08.