Gagner returns from broken jaw as Oilers host Maple Leafs

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10/29/2013 4:30:54 PM
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( - The struggling Edmonton Oilers will try to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Tuesday's clash at Rexall Place.

The Oilers will a key contributor back their lineup as centre Sam Gagner is expected to return after missing the last 13 games due to a broken jaw suffered in the preseason.

The Oilers are 0-2-1 over their last three games and have lost eight of their last 10 contests.

Edmonton used a strong performance by goaltender Richard Bachman in their last contest to eke out a point in a shootout loss against the Los Angeles Kings. Bachman made 47 saves through regulation and overtime in Sunday's road game, but then allowed Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar to score for the Kings in the shootout phase.

"I liked the way we stayed in the fight," Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins said. "We were under siege, especially in the third. I don't think the guys had a lot left in the tank, but Bachman was excellent."

Nail Yakupov scored the lone goal for the Oilers in regulation and Jordan Eberle was the only Edmonton shooter to beat Jonathan Quick in the shootout portion.

The Oilers enter Tuesday's home test with a 1-3-0 record on home ice and the Maple Leafs have won two straight and four of their last five games in Edmonton.

The Maple Leafs have taken four straight from Edmonton in this series overall, but the last two meetings were decided in overtime.

Toronto is coming off Saturday's win against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. Nazem Kadri potted the game winner just 1:26 into the final period to help the Maple Leafs down the Penguins, 4-1, at Air Canada Centre.

Dave Bolland added two goals, Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist and James Reimer turned away 37 shots for the Maple Leafs, who had dropped three of four coming into the game.

"I felt good. There wasn't too much rust. I felt comfortable and the guys played a great game," Reimer said.

Reimer is expected to start in goal this evening.

The Maple Leafs played their second straight game without key forward Joffrey Lupul on Saturday and the winger is a game-time decision for tonight's contest. The oft-injured Lupul, who has six goals and four assists this season, is battling a bruised foot.

Toronto is kicking off a three-game road trip tonight and is 3-2-0 as the visiting team this season.

Sam Gagner (Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Maple Leafs at Oilers

TOR is 1-0-0 vs EDM this season, OTW at home

Teams last met in EDM in Feb 2012, TOR OTW

TOR has won 4 straight vs EDM, 2-0-0 in EDM in that span

EDM (3-6-2):
Last Game: Road SOL - outshot 48-18 - 5/5 on PK

0-2-1 past 3 games, 1/9 on PP

1-3-0 at home, allowing 4 or more GA in each game

last in the NHL in team sv% .880

1/25 on PP last 8 games

Eberle 0PTS last 3GP

TOR (8-4-0):
Last Game: Home W - 1GA - Reimer 37 saves won 2 of their past 3 games, both wins at home, 2/9 on PP

lost 2 straight on the road, scoring 3G

Bernier 2-2-0 on the road 2.02GAA, .944sv% (lost last 2)

Kessel (5) has scored in 3 straight games

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