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GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning (21-16-6-3) at Edmonton Oilers (19-20-8-1).TIME: Thursday, 9 p.m. EST.
Tommy Salo hopes to get the Edmonton Oilers back to .500 for the first time since November as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Skyreach Centre.
The Oilers have gone 6-3-1-1 in January, and a win over the Lightning will put them at the break-even mark for the first time since Nov. 28, when they were 10-10-3-0.
One of the keys to the Oilers' resurgence has been Salo, who has posted his only three shutouts of the season in the last 10 days. In his last 12 starts, Salo is 7-4-1, while allowing more than two goals in a game just twice during that stretch.
Salo, who's allowed five goals in his last six games, made 16 saves in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars.
"It's nice to get a shutout and it's always nice to get a win," Salo said. "We played really good today. They looked a little bit tired but at the same time, we played good solid defense."
Edmonton's offense got a scare when Mike York, the team's leading scorer, was checked into the boards in the opening period and hit his head on the glass. He left the game, but returned in the third period and chipped in with his team-high 22nd assist.
The Oilers are still last in the Northwest Division, one point behind the fourth-place Minnesota Wild.
The Lightning are winless in their last three (0-1-0-2), including Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
Dave Andreychuk scored 10:47 into the third to give the Lightning a 4-3 lead, but they couldn't hold it as Todd Bertuzzi tied the game with 6:23 left in the third period. Markus Naslund scored his second goal of the game with 20.5 seconds left in overtime to hand the Lightning the loss.
This is the second of a four-game, eight-day road trip for Tampa Bay.
|Jan 22 '04||TBL 3 at EDM 2||B. Richards|