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The Edmonton Oilers have been unstoppable at home this season. Their success against the Washington Capitals when playing there goes back much further than that.
The Oilers look to continue their dominance at home over the Capitals when the teams meet at Rexall Place on Saturday night.
Edmonton (6-4-0) has outscored Washington 31-11 during a six-game home-winning streak and hasn't lost to the Capitals there since a 2-1 defeat on Feb. 7, 1996. The Oilers have scored power-play goals in five of those contests, tallying 11 in 30 chances with the man advantage.
This season, Edmonton has won all five of its games at home and eight in a row there since last season. The Oilers also come home after consecutive 6-2 losses to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday and Phoenix on Thursday.
Fernando Pisani, who scored 14 goals including five game-winners during Edmonton's improbable playoff run to the Stanley Cup finals last season, got his first of 2006-07 to tie the game against the Coyotes at 1-all. Phoenix scored four straight before Petr Sykora notched his team-high seventh goal early in the third for the Oilers.
"I am much more disappointed in our game (Thursday) than I was in Anaheim," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "When we get behind, we need to learn to start from a foundation and play good, responsible hockey. Keep them at the three goals they were at instead of letting them get to six."
Roloson is 5-3 with a 2.69 goals-against average in nine games this season and 3-2 with a 1.61 GAA in five career starts versus the Capitals (3-2-3). He's allowed only four goals in while posting three straight wins against them.
The Oilers will have their hands full with reigning rookie of the year Alexander Ovechkin, who they are facing for the first time. Ovechkin has goals in four straight games, including Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to Vancouver when he recorded also had an assist for his third multipoint game this season.
His second-period goal tied the game and forced overtime, but neither Matt Pettinger nor Ovechkin could solve Roberto Luongo in the shootout. Washington has lost all three shootouts this season and is 0-4 in games decided after regulation.
"We got the point, we were disappointed that we didn't play well," said Ovechkin. "We stayed in because of our goalie. He is our leader, he's a tremendous goalie and saved us a lot of times."
Olaf Kolzig kept the Caps in Friday's game, making 42 saves, but is expected to get the night off Saturday with backup Brent Johnson getting the nod. He's started two games this season, losing in road shootouts to Minnesota and Atlanta.
The Capitals won the last meeting from the Oilers, 1-0, on Jan. 11, 2004 in Washington in behind 26 saves from Kolzig.