GAME: Pittsburgh Penguins (6-13-4-1) at Edmonton Oilers (10-12-3-0).
TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.
The Edmonton Oilers haven't been able to score much during their longest
winless streak in more than four years.
The Oilers now get to face the NHL's worst defensive team as they try to
avoid going seven straight games without a win in a matchup against the
Edmonton fell 1-0 to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, dropping to 0-3 on a
five-game homestand and losing its fourth straight overall. The Oilers also
extended their overall winless streak to 0-5-1, their longest since going 0-3-3
from Nov. 3-12, 1999.
Edmonton has been outscored 14-3 in losing four straight despite outshooting
its opponents 127-122.
"When you get shots on net, something is wrong when you only get one
goal," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "You can rationalize it that way,
but we've got to start winning games.
"We've got to get hungry to score goals. The effort is there ... we've done
a lot of the things we've set out to do with the one exception."
Against Pittsburgh, the Oilers may be able to end their scoring slump and
avoid their longest winless streak since an 0-5-2 stretch from Dec. 4-15, 1998.
The Penguins have allowed an NHL-high 84 goals in amassing a league-low 17
Pittsburgh has just one win in its last five games, but has played well
against Edmonton the past few seasons. The Penguins have a franchise-best,
six-game unbeaten streak against the Oilers since March 1999.
Pittsburgh continues to play without Mario Lemieux, who will be unavailable
for the team's current five-game road trip. Lemieux has missed 14 games since
injuring his hip Nov. 1 against the Boston Bruins.
The Penguins have won only three times since Lemieux got hurt (3-9-1-1).