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1/2/2007 12:19:33 PM


(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will attempt to avert a season-high losing streak when the slumping club welcomes the Florida Panthers to Rexall Place this evening.

The Oilers were dealt a fourth consecutive defeat on Sunday, as Jarome Iginla had a goal and two assists to lead Calgary to a 4-2 victory over Edmonton at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Ryan Smyth had both goals for the Oilers, who have dropped eight of their last 10 and now sit at the bottom of the tightly-bunched Northwest Division with 38 points, four behind co-leaders Calgary and Minnesota.

Edmonton also lost four in a row from November 1-8.

The Oilers will also be looking to snap a three-game slide at Rexall Place, where the team is still a solid 12-7-1 on the year.

Florida, which starts up a three-game road trip against Northwest Division foes, has been going in the opposite direction lately. The Panthers have won two straight and five of their last seven outings, including Friday's 3-1 triumph over Montreal at the BankAtlantic Center.

Ed Belfour made 32 saves to post his 466th career victory while Ville Peltonen, Nathan Horton and Greg Campbell all had goals for the Panthers, who can match their longest win streak of the season tonight.

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