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12/28/2006 11:49:43 AM


EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Unlike most other teams in the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers have had a couple of extra days to regroup.

The Oilers go for just their third win in eight games and try to become the 17th franchise to reach 1,000 victories in Thursday's meeting against the Los Angeles Kings.

A winner of five Stanley Cups, the Oilers can reach the milestone in their 2,112th contest, which would make them the third-fastest franchise to achieve the mark. Only Philadelphia (2,018) and Montreal (2,064) did it quicker.

The Oilers will have some unexpected help tonight when Ryan Smyth returns. Smyth has missed ten games with a fractured right thumb. He will wear a brace on his thumb and will use a lighter stick than normal.

Edmonton yielded 21 goals in its last five defeats prior to the break and is in a four-way tie for second place in the Northwest Division, one point behind the Vancouver Canucks.

Marc-Andre Bergeron scored his fifth goal and Joffrey Lupul added his 11th for the Oilers, who surrendered the first three goals of Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

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