|EDM||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|TOR||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
The Edmonton Oilers need to figure out a way to score on the road if they hope to climb back into a playoff spot.
The Oilers look to jump start their offense Saturday when they visit a Toronto Maple Leafs squad also battling for a place in the postseason.
Edmonton (28-25-5) lost 2-1 in overtime at Buffalo on Thursday in the second game of a season-long seven-game road trip. The defending Western Conference champions, who opened the trip with a 3-0 loss at Boston on Tuesday, are in ninth place in the West, six points behind Minnesota for the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.
"We bought ourselves a little bit more time by getting the point here tonight," coach Craig MacTavish said.
Shawn Horcoff scored the lone goal for the Oilers, who rank last in the NHL with just 55 goals on the road. Edmonton, 10-14-3 away from home, have managed more than three goals in only three of their 27 road games.
"We had all kinds of chances to get something to go really right for ourselves," MacTavish said. "And you know, we're chugging away, but where we put ourselves, it's not good enough."
Goalie Dwayne Roloson stopped 29 shots but lost for the sixth time in nine starts. He is 23-22-5 with a 2.68 goals-against average in 51 appearances.
"We got one point, and we can't dwell on losing the one (point)," Roloson said. "We've got to focus on getting that one point and looking at the game and (seeing) what we did right. We played a great game all around."
Right wing Fernando Pisani missed his second straight game Thursday with a concussion, while center Jarret Stoll missed his sixth straight, also with a concussion. Neither is currently traveling with the team.
Edmonton, though, could have a good chance for an offensive outburst against the Maple Leafs (28-22-8), who rank near the bottom of the league with 3.17 goals allowed per game - including 3.25 at home.
Toronto is tied with Montreal and the New York Islanders for eighth in the Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs ended a three-game losing streak with Thursday's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Mats Sundin, who leads the Leafs with 23 goals and 53 points, had a goal and an assist. Jeff O'Neill, Nik Antropov, and Carlo Colaiacovo also scored for the Maple Leafs, who had won seven of eight before their losing streak.
Goalie Andrew Raycroft, who had allowed 11 goals while starting each game during Toronto's losing streak, stopped 34 shots for his 26th win.
Toronto and Edmonton are meeting for the first time this season. The Oilers have won three of the last four meetings between the teams.
|Feb 17 '07||EDM 3 at TOR 4||M. Sundin|