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After pouring it on against one of the Western Conference's top teams, the New York Rangers have a prime opportunity to match their best winning streak of the season against the worst in the West.

They'll make their second stop on a four-game trip Sunday night in Edmonton, where the Oilers are seeking scoring solutions of any kind.

The Rangers (13-10-4) opened the trip with a 5-1 victory Saturday in Vancouver and can now win three in a row for the first time since Oct. 16-21. A 3-0 lead in under seven minutes set the tone, and there could certainly be more in the near future with three of their next four coming against the two worst teams in hockey - Edmonton and Carolina.

Mats Zuccarello scored twice after managing just four goals in his first 24 games. Zuccarello had 19 in 77 games a season ago and has two goals and two assists in three games against Edmonton.

"It's good for his confidence to put a couple pucks in there, but his game doesn't change, he keeps it consistent," goaltender Henrik Lundqvist told the team's official website.

Rick Nash added two assists, giving the big forward 11 points on a nine-game streak. Nash scored twice in his last visit to Edmonton - a 5-0 New York win March 30.

Derick Brassard also had two assists to give him seven points on a five-game streak.

The Oilers (7-18-5) are losing by a 3.40-1.80 average over a 1-10-4 stretch. They've gone five games without scoring more than two goals, have compiled just 17 in 11 contests, and in that time the power play has gone 3 for 28.

"We continue to search for goals (on the power play) and we'll keep changing it, adjusting it, hammering on it," coach Dallas Eakins told the team's official website.

Another defeat would give them their fourth skid of at least four games - an impressive feat given they've played 30 games and already have endured a slide of 11.

The Oilers, whose 19 points are tied with Carolina for the least in hockey, could be happy to see a team from the East after suffering defeats in San Jose and Anaheim before Friday's 4-2 home loss to the Ducks. That stretch has them at 1-15-4 against the West, while they're 6-3-1 against the East.

Still, Taylor Hall thought the performance gap was minimal against Anaheim.

"I feel like I have said this eight times this year, but it was just a couple of shifts that killed us," said Hall, who has gone eight contests without a goal and has failed to score in four career games against New York.

In goal, Ben Scrivens will start after replacing Viktor Fasth against the Ducks. Scrivens, who has gone 1-7-3 with a 3.85 goals-against average over his last 11 starts, faced the Rangers twice with Edmonton last season and was 1-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA.

Lundqvist helped defeat the Canucks with 29 saves to recover from a 2-2-0 stretch with a 3.48 GAA and .869 save percentage. He's dropped his last four starts against the Oilers, but he has a 2.03 GAA in those games.

The Oilers could face Cam Talbot, who's posted two shutouts with a 1.01 GAA over a 2-1-0 span. Talbot is 1-1-0 with a 1.01 GAA versus the Oilers.

New York has dropped three of four in the series, including a 3-1 home loss Nov. 9.

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