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GAME: Edmonton Oilers (3-3-1) at Calgary Flames (2-4-1).

TIME: Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT.

The Edmonton Oilers hope to end their four-game losing streak when they meet the archrival Calgary Flames for the second time in six days.

The Oilers started this season strong with three straight victories, but are winless in four games (0-3-1) since a 4-2 triumph over Anaheim on Oct. 10.

On Tuesday, the Oilers earned a point with a 4-3 overtime loss against visiting Phoenix.

On the night Edmonton retired Paul Coffey's number, the Oilers scored twice in the third period to erase a 3-1 deficit before a sellout crowd.

Michael Peca, Igor Ulanov and Marty Reasoner scored for the Oilers, who have been limited to six goals during the four-game skid.

"We were fortunate, with the collective performance tonight, to get out of it with a point," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said.

Peca scored his first goal as an Oiler in the third period off a rebound, and Reasoner earned his 100th NHL point on a power-play goal just over three minutes later.

One of Edmonton's biggest problems early in the season is a penalty-killing unit that ranks last in the league. The Oilers have already allowed 14 power-play goals in 44 short-handed situations.

The Flames, meanwhile, have dropped four of five, including a 2-0 loss to Phoenix on Monday.

Calgary had five power-play opportunities in the first period, but Phoenix goalie Curtis Joseph turned away all 11 shots.

Kiprusoff made 19 saves for the Flames, who have played better defensively lately. They have surrendered five goals in three games after allowing 13 in back-to-back losses to Detroit and Colorado.

The Flames are still waiting for star forward Jarome Iginla to heat up.

Iginla, who tied for the league lead with 41 goals in 2003-04, has two goals and four points in seven games this season.

"I think we're going to get hot as a team, and personally, I think I'm going to get hot too," Iginla said.

The Flames begin a five-game road trip Saturday at Dallas.

STANDINGS: Oilers - 7 points, 3rd place, 4 PB, Northwest Division. Flames - 5 points, 5th place, 6 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Raffi Torres, 4 goals; Jarret Stoll, 5 assists; Shawn Horcoff and Stoll, 6 points; Ethan Moreau, 18 PIM. Flames - Daymond Langkow, 3 goals; Roman Hamrlik, 4 assists; Tony Amonte and Hamrlik, 5 points; Darren McCarty, 30 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 18): Oilers - Power play: 14.8 percent (7 for 47), 19th in NHL. Penalty killing: 68.1 percent (30 for 44), 30th. Flames - Power play: 6.6 percent (3 for 45), 30th. Penalty killing: 81.2 percent (39 for 48), 20th.

GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Jussi Markkanen (2-2-1, 0 SO, 2.54 GAA); Ty Conklin (1-1-0, 3.48). Flames - Kiprusoff (2-4-1, 1, 3.28); Philippe Sauve (0-0-0, 3.00).

SEASON SERIES: Flames, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 15; Flames, 3-0. At Calgary, Kiprusoff stopped 33 shots for his eighth career shutout and Langkow and Iginla scored first-period goals.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 1-3-0 on the road; Flames - 1-1-1 at home.

Associated Press

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