November 09, 2014

The Edmonton Oilers can record their longest winning streak in almost 15 years while adding to the woes of the New York Rangers - again.

They go for their seventh straight victory and second in five days over the reeling Rangers when they visit Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

Edmonton (14-15-2) is suddenly one of the hottest teams in the league with six consecutive wins, a mark it has reached just two other times since rattling off nine in a row from Feb. 20-March 13, 2001.

The Oilers won all five games on their recent homestand and opened a four-game road trip with Monday's 3-2 overtime victory at Boston. The offense that had struggled without injured phenom Connor McDavid has scored 18 goals in the last four games.

A huge chunk of that production came from Friday's 7-5 win over the Rangers. Lauri Korpikoski notched his first career hat trick against his former team, and Taylor Hall finished with two goals and two assists - upping his totals to five and four during the winning streak.

Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added a goal and an assist against the Bruins.

"We're playing with some confidence," Eberle told the team's official website. "But we've got a quick turnaround (Tuesday) against a really good hockey team in their own rink. We've got to find a way to play better and help our goalies out."

Edmonton has won four of the last six meetings in this series and is 4-1-1 in the past six games in New York dating back to Nov. 10, 2003.

Anders Nilsson earned Friday's win over the Rangers despite surrendering five goals on 34 shots. He figures to get another shot against them to follow Cam Talbot's career-high 47-save effort on Monday.

New York (18-9-4) opened the season as one of the league's top teams with a 16-3-2 record but has gone 2-6-2 since.

The Rangers have had problems scoring during that 10-game stretch, finishing with one or no goals five times, but a bigger issue might be the 12 goals they surrendered in the final two games of an 0-2-1 road trip.

Henrik Lundqvist allowed five goals on 33 shots against Edmonton and was replaced early in the third period by Antti Raanta, who is 0-3-1 with a 3.12 goals-against average in his last four appearances.

"We're playing better than our record indicates," coach Alain Vigneault said. "Whereas prior, we weren't playing that well but our record was real good. So, I do believe we're on the right track."

New York needs more offense from forwards Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes. Nash has one goal in eight games after scoring in four straight, while Hayes has none in his last 10.

Jarrett Stoll had contributed virtually no offense this season and the team placed the veteran center on waivers Monday. Stoll, who has one goal and two assists in 29 games, would likely move to AHL Hartford if unclaimed.

Another veteran Dan Girardi will sit out Tuesday due to swelling in his knee. The defenseman played the last two games after injuring his knee while blocking a shot in Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Vancouver. Vigneault says he is day-to-day.

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