There are lights at the end of the tunnel for Edmonton, specifically Broadway lights as the Oilers play the final game of a very long road spell Monday night against the New York Rangers.
Edmonton (7-6-1) will be playing in its 15th contest, with only three so far this season taking place on home ice at Rexall Place. The Rangers game is the team's seventh consecutive road contest.
Considering the tough slate, the Oilers have emerged in pretty good shape, and are still in the thick of the competitive Northwest Division standings and sit ninth in the Western Conference.
Goalie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers stopped 37 shots on Sunday night in a 2-1 Edmonton victory over the hometown New Jersey Devils. The 24-year-old rookie stood tall in the third period, making 11 saves to preserve his team's lead.
Drouin-Deslauriers has stopped 51 of the last 52 shots he's faced after replacing a struggling Mathieu Garon Thursday against Pittsburgh.
It's a delicate balancing act for coach Craig MacTavish, who also has veteran netminder Dwayne Roloson in tow. Roloson hasn't been exceptional, but he's clearly played better than Garon.
"It's all about getting opportunity and taking advantage of it," said MacTavish. "We'd like to see somebody grab this and get on a roll and string a bunch of games together, but it's been hard to predict."
Ales Hemsky extended his point streak to six games in the win over the Devils with a goal and an assist. Hemsky has five goals and four assists during his streak.
Rangers look to get winning ways back
The Rangers lead the Atlantic Division but have their own worries after losing 3-1 to Washington on Saturday, the team's third defeat in four games.
Aside from a win over the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning, New York haven't made the most of their scoring chances. The Rangers have 12 goals in the last five games and rank 26th overall in NHL scoring.
Aaron Voros scored for the Rangers against the Capitals, but captain Chris Drury couldn't convert on a penalty shot that would have tied the game 2-2. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 25 saves for New York (11-5-1).
Voros is the unlikely goal leader for the team, with six, while Drury had netted a hat trick against the Lightning.
New York's Alaskan-born players will look to rebound offensively. Brandon Dubinsky has cooled off after a terrific start, with two assists in his last six games, while Scott Gomez has one assist in his last five games.
Russian Nikolai Zherdev leads the club with 14 points, but hasn't scored a goal in the last four games.
The two clubs met last January, their first meeting in two years. Edmonton prevailed 3-2 in a shootout.
The Oilers return home for a game Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.