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Reeling Rangers hope to bounce back against Oilers

Edmonton (7-6-1) at NY Rangers (11-5-1), 7:00 pm EDT

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- After winning 10 of their first 13 games,

the New York Rangers have shown an alarming amount of

vulnerability throughout a recent slump.

The Rangers hope to avoid losing for the fourth time in five

games when they host the surging Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

In their last three losses, the Rangers have scored just four

goals. Aside from a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on

Thursday, their offensive woes remained during their 3-1 loss to

the Washington Capitals just two days later.

The Rangers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1, on October

24 in their last contest against a Western Conference foe, and

are 2-1-1 against such teams this season.

Meanwhile, the Oilers ended a string of several defensive lapses

in their most recent contest.

After yielding 14 goals in a three-game stretch, Edmonton was

supported by rookie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers' 37 saves in a 2-1

victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

Former Devil defenseman Sheldon Souray netted his fifth goal of

the season and Ales Hemsky tallied with the man advantage, while

Drouin-Deslauriers turned aside all 20 shots he faced in the

second period as Edmonton snapped a two-game losing skid.

Playing in his third career contest, the 24-year-old

Drouin-Deslauriers notched his second win, but may give way to

either Mathieu Garon or Dwayne Roloson in this game. Souray has

been impressed with all three netminders and sees the team's

strong depth chart as an advantage.

"A lot of teams are searching for a (top) guy,"

Drouin-Deslauriers said. "We got three really good top-quality

goaltenders who are competing for that spot. We've been getting

good goaltending. I think as a group, we're trying to

communicate with them, tell them when we're open. We're getting

a little more comfortable as time goes on."

Edmonton has been sparked by Hemsky, who also had an assist on

Sunday. The 25-year-old now has points in eight consecutive

games on the road, recording five goals and six assists in that

span.

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