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Oilers-Blue Jackets Preview @NHL

The Edmonton Oilers are still looking for their first November win.

They'll try to avoid a season-high fifth consecutive game without a win when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Friday.

Edmonton (7-7-1) is 0-3-1 this month, including a 3-0 loss at Detroit on Wednesday. The Oilers were held to a season-low 16 shots as they were shut out for the first time this season - and didn't record their first shot until early in the second period.

"As a forward, you take pride in taking shots," said Edmonton's Ryan Smyth, who is second on the team with 13 points. "That's the strength of our hockey team, playing in their zone. We didn't get any of that in the first. They kept us on the outside on the most part of the game."

The Oilers, who last won 4-0 over Washington on Oct. 28, earned a point in a 3-2 shootout loss at Montreal on Tuesday. They've been outscored 13-7 in regulation during their recent winless streak.

Goaltender Dwayne Roloson made a season-high 42 saves against Detroit. He has not posted a win against Columbus in three chances while with Edmonton and in his last five overall. Roloson last beat the Blue Jackets 5-2 on Dec. 20, 2003 as a member of the Minnesota Wild.

There was a scary moment in Wednesday's loss when Edmonton forward Raffi Torres delivered a hard but clean shoulder check to the face of Detroit's Jason Williams, who fell to the ice and didn't move. He was taken off on a stretcher and then taken to a Detroit hospital with a concussion.

"I'm not trying to hurt anyone out there," said Torres. "But I've got to finish my hits, that's just my game. I wish him the best."

Columbus (5-7-1) won for the third time in its last 10 games, 4-2 in St. Louis on Thursday in which all the scoring was done in the second period.

Defenseman Rostislav Klesla scored his first two goals of the season and Rick Nash added his fourth, and first goal since a win over Phoenix on Oct. 9. Center Dan Fritsche scored his first goal of 2006-07 and had two assists.

Columbus has 32 goals on the season, which ranks second-to-last in the NHL behind Philadelphia (30).

"We got some breaks, there's no doubt about that," Columbus coach Gerald Gallant said. "But you make breaks by working hard and having a good team game. We came out and played our best team game of the year."

The Blue Jackets snapped a four-game road losing streak to win for the second time away from home. Their only other road win was 5-4 over Chicago on Oct. 7.

Edmonton, which will play the third of a five-game road trip, was 2-0-2 against the Blue Jackets last season, winning once on the road and losing 4-3 in overtime in their last meeting on Mar. 11 in Columbus.

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