Oilers hope to stay afloat in postseason race

Atlanta (26-35-6) at Edmonton (32-27-7), 9:30 p.m. EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) — The struggling Edmonton Oilers
look to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race
Thursday when they host the surging Atlanta Thrashers.

The Oilers have lost seven of their last 10 contests but enter
this contest tied with Nashville (33-39-5) for the seventh and
eighth spots in the West.

Edmonton will look to rebound from Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime loss
at Montreal, which rallied thanks to Saku Koivu’s goals in the
third period and overtime.

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Defenseman Sheldon Souray had a goal and an assist for the
Oilers, who scored three times in the second period but managed
a total of just nine shots in the third period and overtime.

Edmonton will host an Atlanta club that is riding a three-game
winning streak and has won five of its last seven. The
Thrashers posted a 3-0 victory Tuesday over Colorado thanks to
Kari Lehtonen, who made 35 saves for his third shutout this