The Oilers try to snap a three-game losing streak Wednesday when
they skate with the resurgent Blues, who are beginning to
rediscover their offense.
Edmonton fell in a shootout to St. Louis, 5-4, on February 12 to
enter the Olympic break with three straight losses for the
first time since January 12-16. The Oilers have not dropped
four straight since a seven-game skid from October 11-25.
In the loss to the Blues, Georges Laraque tied the game with
2:23 left in regulation before Mike Morrison surrendered the
lone goal of the shootout to rookie defenseman Dennis Wideman.
Lee Stempniak scored twice in regulation and Keith Tkachuk added
a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which ranks near the bottom
of the league with 153 goals but has managed at least four
tallies in four of its last five games.
The Blues went 4-0-1 in that stretch but still are in danger of
snapping a 25-year run of postseason berths - the longest active
streak in professional sports.
Ryan Smyth scored two goals and Ales Hemsky set up a pair of
tallies for the Oilers, who have allowed 20 goals over their
last four contests.