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OILERS DEFEAT JETS IN 2016 TIM HORTONS NHL HERITAGE CLASSIC PREVIEW

Cam Talbot turned aside 39 of 40 shots to help the Edmonton Oilers past the Winnipeg Jets, the Oilers' fourth victory in their past five games (4-1-0).

* Talbot posted his fourth consecutive win on the heels of a six-game skid (0-5-1), allowing one goal or fewer in each of those games (.979 SV%). He is 16-22-4 overall (2.51 GAA, .919 SV%, 2 SO).

* Patrick Maroon (1-0-1) has at least one point in all three games since being acquired by the Oilers on Feb. 29 (2-2-4).

* ICYMI: The NHL announced that the Oilers and Jets will take part in the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic next season, an outdoor regular-season game at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Sunday, Oct. 23. Click here for more information.

Video: 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic - Coming Oct 23

SUNDAY'S RESULTS
Home Team in CAPS

Dallas 2, OTTAWA 1
Pittsburgh 6, NEW JERSEY 1
NY Islanders 6, NY RANGERS 4
CHICAGO 4, Detroit 1
Edmonton 2, WINNIPEG 1
St. Louis 4, MINNESOTA 2

NOT SO LONELY AT THE TOP OF THE CENTRAL DIVISION
The Chicago Blackhawks (41-21-5, 87 points), Dallas Stars (40-20-7, 87 points) and St. Louis Blues (38-20-9, 85 points) were all victorious Sunday and maintained their respective positions in the Central Division standings.

* Corey Crawford made 33 saves and Artem Anisimov (1-1-2) had a goal and an assist to lead the Blackhawks to their third win in their past four games (3-1-0). Crawford picked up his third straight win and is 35-16-3 overall (2.22 GAA, .929 SV%, 7 SO). His 35 victories this season rank second in the NHL, behind Braden Holtby (40). Patrick Kane opened the scoring 21 seconds into the contest and continues to pace the NHL with 38-51-89 this season. With 89 points (67 GP), Kane eclipsed his career high of 30-58-88 from 2009-10 (82 GP). At 41-21-5 (87 points), the Blackhawks remained tied with the Stars - in terms of points - for first place in the Central Division. Chicago, however, owns the ROW tiebreaker (CHI: 40, DAL: 38).

* Antoine Roussel scored the go-ahead goal with 2:14 remaining to lead the Stars to a 7-2-1 record in their past 10 road games. Kari Lehtonen (23 saves) picked up his second straight win on the heels of a four-game skid (0-3-1) and is 18-8-1 this season (2.82 GAA, .907 SV%, 1 SO). Jason Spezza (1-0-1) has scored in three consecutive games (3-0-3). With his first career goal against his former club (4 GP), Elias says Spezza has scored at least one goal against all 30 NHL teams.

* The Blues opened the scoring with three consecutive goals and held off a third-period Minnesota Wild rally to close out their four-game road trip with three straight wins. Jake Allen (30 saves) got his third consecutive victory and is 21-13-3 overall (2.26 GAA, .922 SV%, 5 SO), one win shy of his career high from 2014-15 (22-7-4). At 38-20-9 (85 points), the Blues increased their lead to seven points over the idle Nashville Predators (33-21-12, 78 points) for third place in the Central Division.

Video: STL@MIN: Allen denies Wild late with the paddle

AROUND THE RINKS
* After the Rangers tied the game 4-4, Cal Clutterbuck notched the go-ahead goal with 1:28 left in regulation to help the New York Islanders conclude their seven-game road trip with a 6-1-0 record, including three straight wins. Johnny Boychuk (2-0-2) got the first multi-goal game of his NHL career. Kyle Okposo (1-1-2) has three consecutive games with multiple points (2-4-6) and paces the Islanders with 17-35-52 this season. Jaroslav Halak (22 saves) is 4-1-0 in his past five games and 17-13-4 overall (2.33 GAA, .917 SV%, 3 SO). At 36-20-7 (79 points), the Islanders maintained a three-point edge over the Pittsburgh Penguins (34-23-8, 76 points) - who also won on Sunday - for third place in the Metropolitan Division. They moved within three points of the Rangers (38-22-6, 82 points) for second.

* Bryan Rust collected 1-2-3 to record the first multi-point game his NHL career and three other skaters also had multiple points for the Penguins, who are 4-2-1 in their past seven road games. Evgeni Malkin (2-0-2) posted his fifth multi-goal game of the season and has scored four times in his past four games (4-2-6). Matthew Murray (17 saves), who was recently named among the first 16 selections for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey 2016, is 3-2-1 this season (1.82 GAA, .934 SV%). At 34-23-8 (76 points), the Penguins leapfrogged the Detroit Red Wings (32-22-11, 75 points) - who lost in regulation - for the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. They remained three points back of the Islanders for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

MILESTONES & BENCHMARKS
* Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (0-1-1) got the 600th point of his NHL career (159-441-600). Boyle is the NHL's active points leader among defensemen.

* Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (0-2-2) eclipsed the 300-point milestone (67-234-301).

* Forward Eric Staal (1-1-2) got his first points in a Rangers uniform (4 GP).

Video: NYI@NYR: Staal nets his first goal as a Ranger

* Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot skated in the 500th game of his NHL career.

* Wild forward Jason Pominville skated in his 231st consecutive game (all w/ MIN) and tied Kyle Brodziak for the second-longest consecutive games played streak in franchise history.

LOOSE PUCKS
The Stars are 8-1-0 in their past nine games vs. OTT dating to March 20, 2010 (OTT: 1-7-1), including wins in their past four road games. ... Senators forward Zack Smith (1-0-1) stretched his point streak to a career-high five games (3-2-5). ... The Islanders scored three goals in the opening 4:45 of the game. Per Elias, the Islanders scored three goals in the opening 4:45 of a game for the first time since Oct. 20, 2005 vs. NYR (2:47). ... The Islanders (four) and Rangers (three) combined for seven goals in the first period. Per Elias, they were the second pair of teams to combine for seven first-period goals this season. Also: Blackhawks (5) and Blues (2) on Nov. 4 at CHI. ... The Islanders are 6-1-0 in their past seven road games vs. NYR dating to Feb. 14, 2013, including three straight wins. ... Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (0-2-2) continues to pace all rookies with 24-37-61 this season. ... The Blackhawks are to 6-0-2 in their past eight regular-season home games vs. DET dating to Dec. 30, 2011 (DET: 2-4-2). ... Jets forward Mark Scheifele (1-0-1) has scored in three consecutive games (6-0-6). ... Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (1-0-1) stretched his point streak to six games (1-6-7). ... The Jets donned military-themed jerseys during pre-game warmup as part of their Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night at MTS Centre. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces also participated in a ceremonial puck drop.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Members of Canadian Armed Forces dropped a ceremonial puck for the @NHLJets Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night pic.twitter.com/Xc6iHhALNU

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