GAME: Florida Panthers (14-18-10-2) at Edmonton Oilers (16-19-7-1).
TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.
After completing a six-game road trip, the Edmonton Oilers try to snap a
five-game winless streak at home when they meet the Florida Panthers.
Edmonton began its trip with consecutive wins over the Minnesota Wild and
Chicago Blackhawks, but went on to lose three of the next four. The Oilers fell
1-0 to the Washington Capitals in the finale of the trip on Sunday.
"We're fighting to get back into playoff position and these are the ones
you can't let slip away," Edmonton left wing Mike York said.
The Oilers, owners of the league's worst power-play unit, were 0-for-6 with
the man advantage Sunday and twice wasted two-man advantages.
"I think everybody's kind of in the same boat, whether it's not getting
shots through, or not getting shots at the net," York said. "I think we've
pretty much critiqued it every way possible. It's just not going in."
The Oilers now return to Rexall Place, where they are 0-3-2 since a 4-3 win
over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 6. Edmonton is 1-6-2 in its last nine
games on home ice.
Florida began its four-game road trip Thursday with a 4-3 win in overtime
against the Philadelphia Flyers before falling 4-2 to the Calgary Flames on
Saturday. The Panthers rebounded to tie the Vancouver Canucks 2-2 on Sunday.
Valeri Bure scored both goals for the Panthers, who blew a third-period lead
for the second straight night.
"It's frustrating in a way, we go into the third period leading, but on the
other hand we're playing pretty good hockey clubs," Bure said. "To get a 2-0
lead after two periods is significant for our hockey club. We have to learn to
shut it down and be more relaxed in the third and just maybe get the puck out
with easier plays."
Florida is winless in four visits to Edmonton (0-3-1) since a 3-2 win on
Jan. 5, 1996.