The Edmonton Oilers have been punchless during a six-game home losing streak, but the Columbus Blue Jackets have always had trouble at Rexall Place.
The Oilers have taken their last five home meetings against the Blue Jackets heading into Tuesday night's matchup between struggling teams.
Edmonton (5-15-2) will try to avoid its first seven-game home losing streak since an 0-6-1 slide Nov. 25-Dec. 28, 2009. The Oilers, who have been outscored 23-3 in this skid, are 18-4-1 all-time at home against Columbus (7-10-3), which has been outscored 25-12 in its last five defeats at Rexall.
Both teams enter with some confidence following rare wins.
The Oilers ended a five-game slide Saturday with a 4-2 victory at Calgary as four players scored in the third period to rally the club from a two-goal deficit.
"It gives you a spark, it gives the individuals some confidence scoring goals, making some plays offensively," coach Dallas Eakins said.
Columbus ended a three-game losing streak in which every defeat went past regulation with Sunday's 4-1 victory over Ottawa that opened a five-game Canadian trip.
"We didn't let ourselves get down even though we were in some tight games, we didn't get the full two points we wanted but we kept getting points," defenseman Jack Johnson said. "Tonight was a nice break for us, we finally got a chance to play with the lead too."
The Blue Jackets went 3 for 5 on the power play. R.J. Umberger scored his team-best third power-play goal with the other two coming from unlikely sources. Fedor Tyutin scored his first in 75 games after Ryan Johansen tallied his first in 98.
"You're looking for a spark somewhere, offense somewhere, it can start on your power play," said coach Todd Richards, whose club is without injured stars Marian Gaborik and Nathan Horton.
Richards also singled out the play of center Boone Jenner, who returned from a nine-game absence due to a leg injury. The Blue Jackets have won four straight with Jenner available.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for Columbus. If he starts, he won't be up against his former Philadelphia teammate, Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bryzgalov went through his first practice with Edmonton on Monday, but Eakins will start Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk owns one of the worst goals-against averages in the NHL at 3.54, but that figure has dropped to 2.03 over his last three games.
"Devan has played well and we're going to keep him rolling," Eakins said.
Ales Hemsky ended an 11-game goal drought Saturday for Edmonton, which was outshot 12-4 through one period before slowly improving.
"I didn't think we had turned any corner in the first period, we seemed under siege," Eakins said. "In the second period I think we played much better, didn't quite get rewarded. In the third period we found ourselves."
Hemsky's 38 points against Columbus are the most of any Edmonton skater in history.
The Oilers went 2-0-1 against the Blue Jackets last season behind Sam Gagner's six points.