Ottawa (29-10-3) at Edmonton (24-15-5) 10:00 pm EST
EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Involved in a tight race in the
Northwest Division, the Edmonton Oilers can not afford to have
a bad night.
The Oilers hope to continue their recent dominance of the Ottawa
Senators on Saturday in their lone meeting of the season.
Four teams are separated by just two points in the Northwest
Division race. Edmonton is in a three-way tie with Vancouver
and Colorado for second place, trailing only Calgary.
After winning five consecutive games in mid-December, the Oilers
have dropped five of their last eight contests, including
Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.
Michael Peca scored twice and Ales Hemsky added a goal and an
assist for Edmonton, which had to kill 10 power-play situations.
With four defeats in their last six games, the Senators have
lost their hold on the league's best record. Despite trailing
Philadelphia by one point in the overall standings, Ottawa has a
four-point edge over Buffalo in the Northeast Division race.
Playing without Jason Spezza, who has missed 10 of his last 11
games with a chest injury, the Senators failed to score on 40
shots in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Ottawa has just two wins in its last 15 encounters against
Edmonton, with both victories in 2002-2003.