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Mired in a long losing streak to close 2018

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Mired in a long losing streak to close 2018 Custom Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys , the Edmonton Oilers shook things up again.After swinging two deals to shore up a depleted blueline, the Oilers look to avoid their sixth straight loss Monday night against the visiting Winnipeg Jets.Despite two goals from captain Connor McDavid, Edmonton’s slide continued Saturday with a 7-4 setback to the San Jose Sharks. Even though McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have combined for more than 45 percent of the Oilers’ points this season, coach Ken Hitchcock, who took over behind the bench six weeks ago, continues to tout the need for grit over glitz.Article continues below ...“When you play with skill, you play with high risk and we’re not built that way,” he said Sunday. “When we get down a goal or we get down two goals, we’ve tried to break it wide open, and now we’re down three or four goals.”The losing streak has helped drop Edmonton (18-17-3) into 11th place in the Western Conference.“If you’re going to continue to collect points, you’re going to have to defend,” Hitchcock said. “In this conference, you can’t skill your way through games. You’ve got to work your way through games.”Hitchcock’s comments came after the Oilers acquired Alex Petrovic from the Florida Panthers for blueliner Chris Wideman and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Petrovic had one assist in 26 games with the Panthers this season and is well-known to Nugent-Hopkins.“Big body, can really shoot the puck and he’s a smart player who knows when to move it and jump up in the play,” Nugent-Hopkins said of his juniors teammate www.officialblackhawksproshop.com , adding that Petrovic plays with an edge.Hitchcock said Petrovic will make his team “sturdier” as the Oilers’ defensive corps has been decimated by injuries. Kris Russell could be back Monday from an undisclosed injury that’s sidelined him since Dec. 11, but high-scoring Oscar Klefbom (hand) will be out for up to another month.Later on Sunday, Edmonton picked up defenseman Brandon Manning and prospect Robin Norrell from the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Drake Caggiula and blueliner Jason Garrison. Now in his seventh season, Manning had three points in only 27 games with Chicago after career highs of seven goals and 12 assists with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2017-18.Three years ago, Manning and McDavid were involved in a hard collision along the end boards in Philadelphia. McDavid, then a rookie, missed almost three months with a broken collarbone.Winnipeg (24-12-2) will also have to get by without a key on defense after Dustin Byfuglien suffered a lower-body injury during a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Byfuglien, who has four goals and 25 assists, won’t need surgery but is expected to be out until after next month’s All-Star break.“We’re going to miss the guy, for sure, in almost every facet of your game — size, physicality, offense, zone time; If it gets a little wobbly out there, calming a game down,” coach Paul Maurice said. “But we’ve got other men who can each do a piece of what Dustin does.”The Jets Chicago Blackhawks T-Shirts Authentic , who are tied with the Calgary Flames atop the West, have won seven of their last eight on the road. Maurice said the Oilers shouldn’t be taken lightly despite not winning since Dec. 14.“Anybody on the outside (of the top eight in the conference) now is going to fight like playoff hockey right until the All-Star break,” he said.Maurice could also be calling on the Jets to take up that mindset as they’ve been held to one goal in each of their last three games and four of the past five. Patrik Laine leads the team with 24 goals but has only three in December, while Mark Scheifele (22 goals) scored once in his last five games.Heading into the finale of the season series, Winnipeg is 4-0-1 in its last five meetings with Edmonton. COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella wants to believe his team has figured out its issues. They’ll be facing a team on Saturday night that really has its act together.The Blue Jackets (17-12-2) rebounded from two consecutive losses to start a season-high six-game homestand with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.The Ducks (17-11-5) roll into Nationwide Arena after a come-from-behind 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night at home before preparing to embark on a six-game road trip.Article continues below ...“The road’s a different animal,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “You don’t go on the road thinking you’re going to score four or five goals a game. If we can stay with the mentality that we have to be a blue-collar hockey club and play a blue-collar game, we have enough skill in our lineup from our perspective to put pucks in the back of the net. “But we have to prevent the goals. That’s the most important thing for us as we go forward.”Anaheim has won nine of its last 11 games. In the Ducks’ last eight victories, they’ve trailed or been tied heading into the third period before rallying. They’re now 6-8-2 when trailing after two periods, the second-most wins of its kind in the NHL behind the Calgary Flames.“We’re a resilient group,” said Anaheim defenseman Brandon Montour, who contributed four points (one goal, three assists) in the win over Dallas. “Guys aren’t quitting until the game is over.” The Ducks were able to wipe out a deficit against the Stars thanks to the first career hat trick by Ondrej Kase. His third goal tied the score in the third period and sparked a four-goal finish for Anaheim.“He’s been a clutch goal scorer numerous times for our hockey club,” Carlyle said. “He’s been the energizer bunny. He’s that type of player that seems to hound the puck. Now he’s getting rewarded for the hard work he’s putting in.”On one of Kase’s goals, teammate Ryan Getzlaf was credited with his 900th career assist. He added another assist for 901, which is second in franchise history behind Teemu Selanne’s 988. Getzlaf leads the team this season in assists with 18 and points with 26.“Getz is a special player Chicago Blackhawks Hoodies Authentic ,” Carlyle said. “He’s a guy that play in a lot of different situations. A lot of our offense runs through him.”The Blue Jackets are similar to the Ducks in their ability to produce offense. Columbus ranks seventh in the NHL with 3.42 goals per game through 31 games, but its issue more times than not is keeping pucks out of the net. “The last couple of games, we’ve played really good defensively I think, so we know we can handle everybody defensively now and we can create a little bit of offense out of that,” Blue Jackets forward Lukas Sedlak said, according to the team’s website. “We know how we have to play, reloads, and when we check we’ll get those chances offensively.”The Blue Jackets began their homestand with a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals last Saturday and followed that up with a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday after blowing a third-period lead in the final minutes.“Now we need to just play the right way and stay consistent,” Tortorella said. “Is it always going to be dead on? No, but you need to turn it in to who you are.“Have we gotten there yet? No. But hopefully we get some success by playing the right way and they’ll start finding that’s what we are.” Twelve Blue Jackets players have at least 10 points. Left winger Artemi Panarin leads the team with 34 points and right winger Cam Atkinson has a point in 14 of the past 15 games (13 goals, 10 assists during that span).“We’re getting scoring from all four lines now,” Columbus right winger Josh Anderson said. “That’s a big part of our success. As soon as one line scores, it gets everybody going on the bench.”

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