Series (Game 1 of 4)

St. Louis leads 3-1

Game 1: Friday, November 4th
Game 2: Sunday, February 12th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 1st
Game 4: Sunday, April 9th

Oilers 7

(8-6-1, 17 pts)

Blues 2

(2-8-3, 7 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 4, 2005

Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

1 2 3 T
EDM 2 2 37
STL 1 0 12

J. Stoll (Oilers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 2

R. Torres (Oilers - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

J. Markkanen (Oilers - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .944

Edmonton (7-6-1) at St Louis (2-7-3) 8:00 pm EST

Edmonton (7-6-1) at St Louis (2-7-3), 8:00 pm EST

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- When Chris Pronger returns to St. Louis on Friday, he likely won't be very impressed with what he left behind.

One of the league's top defensemen, Pronger makes his return to the Savvis Center when the improving Edmonton Oilers take on the reeling St. Louis Blues.

Pronger anchored the Blues' defense corps for nine seasons before being dealt to Edmonton this summer for defenseman Eric Brewer and two prospects. In his time in St. Louis, Pronger made four All-Star teams and won the Hart Trophy in 2000.

Without their top blueliner, the Blues have struggled defensively. They have dropped six straight games, having allowed 28 goals in that stretch, to sit one loss shy of their first seven-game losing streak since February 12-25, 1989.

St. Louis' latest defeat came Wednesday in a 6-5 overtime loss to Chicago. The Blues scored the final three goals in regulation to tie the score before losing 35 seconds into overtime.

Meanwhile, Edmonton enters having won four straight games following a seven-game losing streak. The Oilers have outscored their opponents, 19-8, during their winning streak.

The Oilers are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over Detroit on Thursday as Raffi Torres scored the game-winner just under two minutes into the extra session to snap the Red Wings' nine-game winning streak.

Pronger collected a pair of assists to give him six in his last four games.