Struggling Oilers could be close to changes

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish will hold a news conference on Friday to talk about the status of the struggling team.

A news release Thursday night said MacTavish will meet the media at the team's arena and ''will address the Oilers performance through 26 games.''

The Oilers (6-15-5) didn't say whether MacTavish would announce any personnel changes, but the club is mired in an 11-game losing streak. Coach Dallas Eakins is in his second season behind the bench for Edmonton, last in the Western Conference with 17 points.

As the team prepares for its next game Sunday against San Jose, members of the Oilers brass are engaging in organizational meetings to survey the situation. Edmonton hasn't won since beating the New York Rangers on Nov. 9. The Oilers have earned only four points since.

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