GAME: Tampa Bay Lightning (21-16-6-3) at Edmonton Oilers (19-20-8-1).
TIME: Thursday, 9 p.m. EST.
Tommy Salo hopes to get the Edmonton Oilers back to .500 for the first time
since November as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Skyreach Centre.
The Oilers have gone 6-3-1-1 in January, and a win over the Lightning will
put them at the break-even mark for the first time since Nov. 28, when they
One of the keys to the Oilers' resurgence has been Salo, who has posted his
only three shutouts of the season in the last 10 days. In his last 12 starts,
Salo is 7-4-1, while allowing more than two goals in a game just twice during
Salo, who's allowed five goals in his last six games, made 16 saves in
Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars.
"It's nice to get a shutout and it's always nice to get a win," Salo said.
"We played really good today. They looked a little bit tired but at the same
time, we played good solid defense."
Scott Ferguson had his first goal of the season, while Raffi Torres scored
twice for the Oilers.
Edmonton's offense got a scare when Mike York, the team's leading scorer,
was checked into the boards in the opening period and hit his head on the
glass. He left the game, but returned in the third period and chipped in with
his team-high 22nd assist.
The Oilers are still last in the Northwest Division, one point behind the
fourth-place Minnesota Wild.
The Lightning are winless in their last three (0-1-0-2), including
Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
Dave Andreychuk scored 10:47 into the third to give the Lightning a 4-3
lead, but they couldn't hold it as Todd Bertuzzi tied the game with 6:23 left
in the third period. Markus Naslund scored his second goal of the game with
20.5 seconds left in overtime to hand the Lightning the loss.
This is the second of a four-game, eight-day road trip for Tampa Bay.