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Lifeless Oilers hope for spark against Canucks

Edmonton (4-2-0) at Vancouver (3-4-0), 10:00 pm EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Edmonton Oilers

seemingly have lost the spark that earned them four consecutive

victories to start the season.

Losers of two straight, the lifeless Oilers hope to wake up from

their offensive slumber when they visit the Vancouver Canucks on

Saturday.

After scoring 13 goals in their first four games, the Oilers

have scored just once in their last two. They were blanked by

the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-0, on Wednesday and managed just a

power-play goal by Shawn Horcoff in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado

Avalanche the following evening.

To make matters worse, the game in Chicago began a string of 10

of 11 contests away from home.

Mired in a mild skid as well, Vancouver has dropped three

straight - including a 4-2 setback to the Columbus Blue Jackets

on Tuesday. It also has endured scoring woes of its own,

failing to register more than two goals in each of its recent

losses.

Roberto Luongo made 28 saves against Columbus but dropped the

decision with a lineup that lacked several regulars such as

defenseman Sami Salo (groin), Darcy Hordichuk (knee) and Pavol

Demitra (ribs). Rick Rypien also missed the game with a viral

illness.

The contest is one of 15 on Saturday's schedule - the first time

every team will compete on the same day since October 5, 2005.

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