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Drouin-Deslauriers powering success for Oilers

Toronto (6-6-4) at Edmonton (8-6-1) 9:00 p.m. EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Rookie goaltender Jeff

Drouin-Deslauriers made sure the Edmonton Oilers' return home

was a pleasant trip.

After a pair of strong performances, Drouin-Deslauriers hopes to

lead the Oilers to their third straight win on Thursday when

they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Edmonton has played 12 of its first 15 games on the road and

ended a seven-game swing with back-to-back victories on the

strength of some solid goaltending by Drouin-Deslauriers. The

24-year-old made 37 saves in his second career start, helping

the Oilers claim a 2-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils on


That performance earned Drouin-Deslauriers a second straight

appearance on Monday, and he didn't disappoint, stopping 40

shots and all three attempts in the shootout as Edmonton skated

away with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Drouin-Deslauriers hopes to be in net against the Maple Leafs,

who fell to 1-3-1 over their last five games after suffering a

4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

Toronto was 4-1-0 during its previous five games before hitting

a rough patch but has found success recently against the Oilers.

The Maple Leafs have won two in a row and four of the last five

meetings with Edmonton.


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