The defending Western Conference champion Ducks began a three-game road trip Tuesday, losing 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche to fall to 0-4-3 in their last seven games.
Anaheim last went without a victory in seven straight contests from Dec. 26-Jan. 8 of last season. The Ducks haven’t gone winless in eight in a row since an 0-6-2 skid from Dec. 27, 2001-Jan. 12, 2002.
The Ducks have been struggling on the power play during their winless streak. Anaheim went 0-for-4 against the Avs on Tuesday, and is scoreless in its last 15 power-play chances.
During the seven-game skid, Anaheim is 2-for-19 on the power play.
“Night after night, the chances we get are unbelievable, and the goals we score are nil,” Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said. “We create chances we don’t finish.”
Anaheim will be trying to earn its first victory of 2004 against an Edmonton team that has outscored the Ducks 14-7 in winning five straight in the series. The Ducks’ last victory over the Oilers was a 2-0 win on April 5, 2002.
The Oilers snapped a five-game home winless streak when they beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Tuesday.
“The power play has been struggling and it’s good to see that we got a couple tonight,” Torres said. “Hopefully, the fans will lay off a little bit.”
The power-play goals were Edmonton’s first in eight games since a 2-1 home loss to the Calgary Flames on Dec. 28.
“I don’t even remember the last time we scored a power-play goal,” Oilers defenseman Eric Brewer said. “It’s nice to get a couple tonight.”
STANDINGS (through Jan. 13): Mighty Ducks - 38 points, 5th place, 13 PB, Pacific Division. Oilers - 42 points, 4th place (tied), 17 PB, Northwest Division.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Jan. 13): Mighty Ducks - Power play: 15.2 percent (25 for 165), 14th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.6 percent (154 for 180), 11th. Oilers - Power play: 10.5 percent (20 for 190), 29th. Penalty killing: 78.1 percent (157 for 201), 30th.
SEASON SERIES: Oilers, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 14; Oilers, 3-2. At Anaheim, Calif., Torres scored the go-ahead goal with 5:29 remaining and Radek Dvorak had two assists as the Oilers won for just the ninth time in 25 games at Arrowhead Pond.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mighty Ducks - 5-13-2-3 on the road; Oilers - 9-9-3-0 at home.