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Reeling Oilers look to end skid against Blue Jackets

Edmonton (8-8-2) at Columbus (8-7-3), 7:00 pm EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- After starting the season with an

unblemished record, the Edmonton Oilers have been in a downward

spiral.

Looking to snap a three-game losing streak, the Oilers attempt

to get back on track when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets

on Tuesday.

Edmonton fell to 4-8-2 in its last 14 games - after starting the

season 4-0-0 - with a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on

Monday. Prior to that contest, the Oilers suffered a 5-2 loss

to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday and a 3-2 edging by the

Colorado Avalanche two nights later.

The Oilers have scored just eight goals in their last five games

and will be forced to wake up from their offensive slumber

without right wing Fernando Pisani, who broke his ankle against

Detroit and will miss at least one month.

Winners of four of their last six, the Blue Jackets look to

rebound from a 3-2 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild on

Saturday. Prior to that contest, they cruised to a 6-1

thrashing of the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

The Blue Jackets have scored just 20 goals in 10 losses and have

35 goals in their eight wins.

Rookie goaltender Chris Mason has started five of the last six

games for Columbus, going 3-1-1 in that span. The 20-year-old

was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on

November 5 in the wake of Pascal Leclaire's injury.

Leclaire has since returned to action and made 36 saves in the

victory over Buffalo.

Captain Rick Nash had a goal and an assist in the team's most

recent loss and has recorded six points in the last five games.

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