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Oilers look to break Jackets streak

by Chris Wescott @TheChrisWescott / Head Writer

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been knifing through the League since their 15-game win streak began back on November 29. They lead the Metropolitan division with 56 points and have just five regulation losses all season.

Edmonton is the next team up on the long list of clubs who have tried to derail the Jackets momentum, with the Oil set to open a four-game road trip on Tuesday.

"It's good to be a part of. I know that building is going to be rocking," said Oilers centre Mark Letestu, a former member of the Blue Jackets. "The atmosphere will be as electric as we've had all season. The opportunity to end their streak is something we're all excited about. To beat a team that's on top of its game and on top of the League and to beat them I think is a nice feather in our cap."

"They're firing on all cylinders," added Oilers winger Milan Lucic. "They've put together a tremendous run. Their goalie is playing great, their defensive play is great, they're getting goal scoring from everyone and that's what it takes to go on a 15-game win streak.

"For us, you've got to look forward to the challenge. You've got to embrace it. You know it's going to be hard and you know it's going to be a tough game to get two points but that's the fun in being a competitor and being a competitive team, is playing the best of the best."

Edmonton sits second in the Pacific with 45 points, two back of San Jose. A win against the Blue Jackets would bring with it two important points to put in the bank. Halting Columbus' streak is great, but the two points are what really matter.

"There's that extra incentive, but the two points are most important for us and we've got to do it against the best team in the League right now, in their building," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "There have been 15 teams in a row that have been unsuccessful. I think we should embrace the challenge and I think we have to take our game up from where it was against Vancouver. We'd like to be the team that stops it and we only get one chance, so let's make good on it."

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