The Edmonton Oilers couldn't carry their lengthy win streak through a road trip and are returning home having lost three in a row.
The Oilers will try to snap that skid by earning a seventh consecutive victory on their own ice Monday night when they face one of the league's worst road teams, the Winnipeg Jets.
Edmonton earned a sixth consecutive victory – matching its longest win streak in 14 seasons – by topping Boston 3-2 in overtime last Monday in the opener of their four-game trek. The Oilers (14-18-2) were then outscored 13-3 in the following three games and were routed 5-1 by Colorado on Saturday despite outshooting the Avalanche 40-29.
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“I thought we played hard, had a lot of really good efforts. It's just how it goes,” forward Taylor Hall said. “We've got to find ways to turn B (scoring) chances into A chances. It didn't happen tonight.”
Edmonton will try to end its losing streak before starting a four-day break, and a visit from Winnipeg (15-15-2) appears to give them a good chance. The Jets are 6-10-1 on the road and 1-8-1 in the last 10 games there while getting outscored 39-20.
Edmonton's home win streak is its longest since a seven-game run Feb. 4-March 2, 2008, and is two shy of matching a franchise record.
The Oilers lost 4-1 in the most recent visit from Winnipeg on March 23 and have dropped four straight in the series, with the first three defeats coming in overtime or a shootout.
The Jets avoided a third consecutive overall loss Friday with a 5-2 victory against the New York Rangers, and Bryan Little got his team started on the right foot by scoring two goals in the first 7:34.
Little also helped set up Tyler Myers' goal in the second period, and Blake Wheeler matched a career high with four assists.
The Jets are playing seven of their next nine games on the road and will visit Calgary on Tuesday before getting a four-day break.
“We need as many points as we can get at this point,” defenseman Mark Stuart said. “It's going to be important to grab four these next two (games) before the break.
“Every game, no matter who you're playing or where you're at, it's tough. Every team presents a different challenge, so these are going to be two tough games for us.”
Little has four goals and three assists in eight lifetime matchups with Edmonton. He tallied two goals and an assist in his most recent, a 5-4 shootout win Feb. 16.
Jacob Trouba also has four goals and three assists in six career meetings but doesn't have a point in his last two. Tyler Myers has a goal in each of his last three games against the Oilers.
Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has also scored a goal in each of his last three games against Winnipeg and has four assists during a six-game point streak versus the Jets. Hall has five goals and seven assists in a seven-game point streak in the series.