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Preview: Oilers at Senators

Edmonton ends road trip against Ottawa, who has lost four straight games

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

OILERS (21-13-7) at SENATORS (20-14-4)

7 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV


Oilers team scope

The Edmonton Oilers have won two games in a row and have points in 14 of their past 17 games (9-3-5). They will end a four-game road trip against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday in which the Oilers are 2-1-0. "I think [our road record (12-6-5)] speaks to change and turnover; we're better equipped to play on the road physically and mentally," coach Todd McLellan said. "We're getting better performances out of players and, knock on wood, we've stayed healthy. We played a lot of road games early last year without some key people, and it's hard to win games when you don't have your big horses up and running." The Oilers have the fourth-ranked power play on the road (18-for-68, 26.5 percent). Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson will start in net.

Senators team scope

The Senators have lost four games in a row (0-3-1) for the first time this season. "We're playing strong defensively," forward Kyle Turris said. "We're not giving up much. We're outshooting teams. We just have to capitalize on our opportunities and get back to doing that to win those one-goal games." The Senators have scored three goals in their past three games and their power play is 0-for-14 during the losing streak. Coach Guy Boucher said forward Bobby Ryan, who was a scratch on Saturday for a 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals, will play against the Oilers, but would not elaborate on the reason why he was scratched. "There are complex things that don't need to be said out here," Boucher said.


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Zack Kassian  

Benoit Pouliot -- Drake Caggiula -- Jordan Eberle

Anton Lander -- Mark Letestu -- Jesse Puljujarvi

Andrej Sekera -- Matt Benning

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Kris Russell -- Eric Gryba  

Jonas Gustavsson

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Matt Hendricks

Injured: Brandon Davidson (illness), Darnell Nurse (ankle), Iiro Pakarinen (knee), Tyler Pitlick (knee)


Senators projected lineup 

Zack Smith -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Bobby Ryan

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Chris Kelly -- Curtis Lazar -- Chris Neil

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Mike Condon

Matt O'Connor

Scratched: Fredrik Claesson

Injured: Andrew Hammond (ankle), Clarke MacArthur (concussion) 

Personal leave: Craig Anderson


Status report

Davidson is day to day with illness. ... Condon, who made 19 saves on Saturday, will make his seventh consecutive start.


Who's hot

Maroon has five goals and an assist in six games. … McDavid has two goals and four assists in six games and nine goals, 18 assists in his past 23 games. … Hoffman has a goal and three assists in five games.

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