St. Louis (2-1-1) at Edmonton (3-2-0)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EDT Tue Oct 21, 2003
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The Edmonton Oilers look to continue their strong play at home when they meet the St. Louis Blues at Skyreach Centre.

Edmonton has been shut out in losing its first two road games of the season, but at home, the Oilers have outscored opponents 15-6 in winning their first three contests.

The Oilers began the year with a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks at Skyreach Centre, but were then blanked in consecutive road losses to the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames.

Edmonton rebounded to win its next two at home, including an impressive 6-3 victory over the high-scoring Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Defenseman Steve Staios had two goals for the first time in his career, and Mike York and Marty Reasoner each scored short-handed to lead the Oilers.

Edmonton defenseman Cory Cross was happy that his club picked up a win over a quality team like Colorado, but he said the Oilers must forget about it quick.

“We can’t have a letdown,” said Cross, who had a goal and an assist. “We have St. Louis coming in and another game with Colorado (Thursday) so we need to keep the momentum going and keep doing the right things.”

St. Louis has alternated a loss and a win in its first four games this season, and is coming off a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in its home opener on Saturday.

The Blues played their first three games on the road before the win on Saturday, and are now embarking on another three-game road trip.

St. Louis revived a struggling power play, scoring three times with the man advantage in the victory over Washington. The Blues had been 3-for-17 on the power play in its first three games, but scored on three of its first five opportunities against the Capitals.

“It’s obviously something we need to improve on,” said Chris Pronger, who scored on a five-on-three advantage. “As a group, as a whole, we’re going to have to chip in.”

Keith Tkachuk and Pavol Demitra each had a goal and an assist and Doug Weight had three assists for the Blues.

Edmonton is 4-1-1 against St. Louis at home since the start of the 2000-01 season.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 19): Blues - 5 points, 4th place, 1 PB, Central Division. Oilers - 6 points, 1st place, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blues - Tkachuk, 4 goals and 5 points; Weight, 4 assists; Barret Jackman, 24 PIM. Oilers - Ryan Smyth, 3 goals; Ales Hemsky, 4 assists; Smyth and Hemsky, 5 points; Brad Isbister, 13 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 19): Blues - Power play: 24.0 percent (6 for 25), 6th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.8 percent (18 for 22), 18th. Oilers - Power play: 12.5 percent (4 for 32), 22nd (tied). Penalty killing: 82.9 percent (29 for 35), 15th.

GOALTENDERS: Blues - Chris Osgood (2-2-0, 1.88 GAA); Brent Johnson (0-0-0, 0.00). Oilers - Tommy Salo (2-2-0, 2.26); Ty Conklin (1-0-0, 1.00).

2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Blues, 2-1-1.

LAST MEETING: March 31; 5-5. At St. Louis, the Blues took a two-goal lead at 8:56 of the third period, but the Oilers scored twice in the final 6:58, including the tying score by Ethan Moreau with 1:52 left in regulation.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blues - 1-1-0-1 on the road; Oilers - 3-0-0-0 at home.

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