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Canadiens visit Oilers looking to snap three-game skid

Montreal (29-19-6) at Edmonton (26-23-4), 10:00 p.m. EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- The reeling Montreal Canadiens

make the second stop of their season-high six-game road trip

when they visit the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Mired in a three-game skid, Montreal is coming off a 6-2

drubbing at the hands of the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Rookie Matt D'Agostini and Tomas Plekanec scored and defenseman

Roman Hamrlik notched two assists for the Canadiens, who opened

their trek in brutal fashion.

Jaroslav Halak turned aside 35 shots, but Montreal fell to 2-8-0

in its last 10 games - scoring two or fewer goals seven times

during that stretch.

Halak played in place of All-Star Carey Price, who has notched

just two wins since coming back from a groin injury on January

21. Since his return, he has started eight straight games but

surrendered three or more goals in seven.

Edmonton has dropped four of its last five and did little to

rebound from a horrid defensive effort in Saturday's 8-3 setback

to the Detroit Red Wings. On Sunday, the Oilers fell, 3-2, in a

shootout to the Minnesota Wild.

This contest comes at a turbulent time for Edmonton, which

learned it will be without defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky for the

remainder of the season due to right shoulder surgery.

In addition, there have been reports the Oilers may be

interested in luring nine-time All-Star Jaromir Jagr from the

Kontinental Hockey League.

However, Kevin Lowe, the team's president of hockey operations,

is indicating the Czech icon is not coming to Edmonton - at

least not this season, according to the Edmonton Journal.


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