GAME: Edmonton Oilers (12-16-6-0) at Vancouver Canucks (19-8-6-2).
TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.
As if things aren't going bad enough for the hapless Edmonton Oilers, now
they'll have to visit General Motors Place for a matchup with the Vancouver
Edmonton, which owns the worst power-play and penalty-killing units in the
league, has managed just two wins in its last 15 games (2-9-4). Add to that the
Oilers' seven-game winless streak against the Canucks (0-6-1) since last March
24, and the prospects of Edmonton ending its slide don't look very good.
The Oilers, who have been outscored 6-0 in two meetings with the Canucks
this season, are winless in their last four overall (0-3-1), including
Tuesday's 2-1 setback at Calgary.
Mike York's goal with 3:16 to play kept Edmonton from its second straight
"Too little too late again," frustrated Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish
said. "We eventually got one and had a lot of opportunities again but playing
catch-up in this league on most nights is a zero-sum game."
Making the Oilers' extended skid even more alarming is that they opened the
season with a solid 10-7-2 mark.
"Sure, it's disappointing but every team goes through this during a year,"
Oilers defenseman Steve Staios said. "We have to find a way to shorten the
slide quickly and find a way to get some points."
Dan Cloutier made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season as the
Canucks increased their lead over second-place Calgary to five points in the
Northwest Division with a 2-0 victory over the Flames on Friday.
Mattias Ohlund and Brendan Morrison scored for Vancouver, which has lost
just once in its last six overall (4-1-1).
Vancouver is a 11-0-0 when leading after two periods this season.