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Rangers seek bounce-back win vs. Oilers

by Davis Harper

RANGERS (41-30-4) at OILERS (26-39-9)


Last 10: New York 6-4-0; Edmonton 4-5-1

Season series: Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens made 35 saves in a 2-1 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 6.

Big story: After having their season-best five-game win streak snapped against the Calgary Flames on Friday, the Rangers will look to find the win column once again as their road trip continues in Edmonton. The Oilers, who like Calgary are out of postseason contention, will look to play spoiler for the second consecutive game. On Friday, Edmonton beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 on Andrew Ference's overtime winner.

Team Scope:

Rangers: The Rangers sit second in the Metropolitan Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference (86 points in 75 games), one point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers but have played two more games. After the loss Friday, the Rangers were worried less about their rivals and more about leaving points on the table.

"If it's not Philly, it's probably some other team," forward Brad Richards said. "There's a bunch of teams around us. We just want our two points. We do control our own destiny, and we want to do it, but that's the disappointing thing. We aren't worried about Philly right now."

Following a brief practice in Calgary on Saturday, coach Alain Vigneault said backup Cam Talbot would play against the Oilers. Henrik Lundqvist has started the past eight games, but gave up four goals on 28 shots Friday, including a "weak goal" to Mike Cammalleri that proved to be the winner.

Oilers: If the Oilers hope to run their upset streak to two, they may need another stellar performance from Scrivens. He made 48 saves Friday in the win against the Ducks, turning away Anaheim's attackers time and again.

"Scrivens bailed us out a lot; it wasn't a complete game by us," Ference said. "They had some really good chances, but they're a good team and they drove us back, especially that top line. That's why we have a good goalie for, so it's nice to see him come up big."

Defenseman Oscar Klefbom scored his first career goal Friday and said he "blacked out" during the moment.

"I watched it on the highlights a lot of times last night," Klefbom told reporters after practice Saturday. "It was incredible. Especially when we played against Anaheim - a big strong team - and we played back here in Rexall, it's a good feeling.

Who's hot: Richards has two goals and an assist in his past three games. … Scrivens is 2-0-0 in his career against the Rangers, with a 0.50 goals-against average and .986 save percentage.

Injury report: Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo (flu) and defenseman John Moore (concussion) are day-to-day. Forward Chris Kreider (left hand) will have surgery and is out indefinitely. … For Edmonton, winger Tyler Pitlick (knee) is day-to-day while forward Ryan Jones (torn posterior cruciate ligament) is out for the season. Goalie Viktor Fasth (sprained neck) and forward Nail Yakupov (ankle) skated Saturday but are still sidelined.

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