Quinn not letting Oilers get too cozy

The Edmonton Oilers will look to continue their strong start on Thursday when the Columbus Blue Jackets come to town.

The Edmonton Oilers will look to continue their strong start on Thursday when the Columbus Blue Jackets come to town.

Edmonton is 5-2-1 after a gritty win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. Patrick O'Sullivan had a goal and an assist, Sam Gagner scored the winner, and Nikolai Khabibulin starred in net with 39 saves.

Coach Pat Quinn isn't in the mood for too much backslapping just yet.

"I don't want to say [we're] fragile but we are a team that has that low threshold still," Quinn said. "We need to get by it.

"You watched the club last year, there were probably lots of times when for no reason at all that puck seemed to be going some place where nobody knew where it was going and it always ends up on the opposition's stick. We've got to get that out of our game."

Quinn's words should probably be heeded. The Oilers don't figure to have continued success getting outshot by a margin of 10-12 shots, which has occurred in most games so far.

Edmonton played the Blue Jackets tough last season, with the Oilers losing a pair of one-goal games and winning the other two, including a 7-2 thumping in Columbus.

Columbus (5-2-0) is wrapping up a four-game road trip.

The Blue Jackets lost in Calgary on Tuesday, with Steve Mason burned for six goals on 22 shots.

It was a strange performance in that Columbus excelled on special teams — two power-play goals, a short-handed marker and no power-play goals allowed — while yielding six regular-strength goals.

Derick Brassard scored his first goal of the season while adding an assist, with Jakub Voracek also scoring with the man advantage. Rick Nash notched the short-handed marker.

It was the second straight game for Nash with a short-handed goal.

Nash has all of his 11 points in the last six games, but the Oilers haven't been one of his favourite opponents. The big forward has just one goal and no assists in his last nine games at Edmonton.

Backup Mathieu Garon may get his second start of the season on Thursday. Garon played for Edmonton for over two seasons before being dealt to Pittsburgh midway through last season.

The veteran goaltender made 36 saves for the shutout in a 2-0 victory at Phoenix on Oct. 10.

With files from The Associated Press