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Reeling Oilers look to end skid against Blue Jackets

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Reeling Oilers look to end skid against Blue Jackets

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Edmonton (8-8-2) at Columbus (8-7-3), 7:00 pm EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- After starting the season with an
unblemished record, the Edmonton Oilers have been in a downward
spiral.

Looking to snap a three-game losing streak, the Oilers attempt
to get back on track when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets
on Tuesday.

Edmonton fell to 4-8-2 in its last 14 games - after starting the
season 4-0-0 - with a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on
Monday. Prior to that contest, the Oilers suffered a 5-2 loss
to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday and a 3-2 edging by the
Colorado Avalanche two nights later.

The Oilers have scored just eight goals in their last five games
and will be forced to wake up from their offensive slumber
without right wing Fernando Pisani, who broke his ankle against
Detroit and will miss at least one month.

Winners of four of their last six, the Blue Jackets look to
rebound from a 3-2 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild on
Saturday. Prior to that contest, they cruised to a 6-1
thrashing of the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

The Blue Jackets have scored just 20 goals in 10 losses and have
35 goals in their eight wins.

Rookie goaltender Chris Mason has started five of the last six
games for Columbus, going 3-1-1 in that span. The 20-year-old
was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on
November 5 in the wake of Pascal Leclaire's injury.

Leclaire has since returned to action and made 36 saves in the
victory over Buffalo.

Captain Rick Nash had a goal and an assist in the team's most
recent loss and has recorded six points in the last five games.

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Reeling Oilers look to end skid against Blue Jackets