The Tampa Bay Lightning havent lost three straight all season and are returning home to face a lowly opponent enduring the longest road slide in franchise history. Fabio Coentrao Jersey
. The Edmonton Oilers, though, have given Tampa Bay problems in the past - including a victory this season. The Lightning can stretch their home win streak to six games Thursday night as they meet an Oilers team that has dropped 13 straight on the road. Tampa Bay (27-14-4) fell 7-3 at Philadelphia on Monday and 4-3 at Boston the next night. Star center Steven Stamkos had three goals in those defeats with four in the last three games, though his club has hit a bit of a rough patch after winning seven of its previous eight contests. We lost two in a row, coach Jon Cooper said. Its happened to us before. Big thing for us is we cant make it three in a row. The Lightning played Tuesday without All-Star forward Tyler Johnson and defenseman Victor Hedman after they suffered lower-body injuries versus the Flyers. Cooper said both were day to day. Johnson is among the NHLs leaders with a team-best 46 points while Hedman also missed 18 games earlier this season with a hand injury. One of the contests Hedman missed was a 3-2 defeat at Edmonton on Oct. 20. That marked the Oilers first victory after a 0-4-1 start as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the winner with 3:25 remaining. Edmonton (10-25-9) improved to 5-1-1 in its last seven matchups with Tampa Bay. The Lightnings top point leaders - Johnson, Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov - combined for one assist. That score looks like an anomaly now since Tampa Bay is the NHLs highest-scoring team with 3.22 goals per game while Edmonton yields 3.32 per contest for the leagues second-worst mark. Oilers winger Teddy Purcell will return to Tampa Bay for the first time after spending the previous four-plus seasons with the Lightning. Purcell, who had dinner with some of his former teammates when Tampa Bay came to Edmonton in October, was traded in the offseason to give the Lightning salary cap room. His new team is 0-7-6 on the road since a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Nov. 9. Purcell was part of the last Tampa Bay team to capture six straight at home - a seven-game run Oct. 24-Nov. 27, 2013. Edmonton began this four-game trip with Tuesdays 4-2 loss to St. Louis. Well-traveled former Tampa Bay winger Benoit Pouliot scored both goals, giving him four in a three-game run. Ben Scrivens made 25 saves as he fell to 0-5-5 with a 3.65 goals-against average in 10 road starts. Weve had those struggles at home, too, Scrivens said. Were struggling in almost every building were playing in, and its a frustrating thing to be going through. Scrivens has captured three of four starts against the Lightning, a club that backup Viktor Fasth has never faced. Tampa Bays Ben Bishop is 14-3-1 with a 2.00 GAA at home and 2-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA in four starts against the Oilers. Cristiano Ronaldo Jersey
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.ca. In addition to the game being aired in its entirety on CTV Two Vancouver Island and TSN.ca, TSN2 will also have coverage of Whitecaps FC immediately following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400.ANAHEIM, Calif. - Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run home run, and C.J. Cron and pinch-hitter David Freese also homered against the Houston bullpen in the Angels eight-run seventh inning as Los Angeles beat the Astros 11-5 on Saturday night for their ninth straight home win. Pujols 511th homer tied him with Mel Ott for 23rd place on baseballs career list. Houston starter Scott Feldman left after six innings with a 5-2 lead and was replaced by Anthony Bass (1-1). Cron greeted Bass with a leadoff single before Freese batted for John McDonald and hit his first homer in 124 career at-bats at Angel Stadium and first in the majors as a pinch-hitter. Kole Calhoun followed with a single for his third hit of the game. Bass retired Mike Trout before Pujols drove out the next pitch for his 19th homer. He is one away from tying Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews on the career list. Tony Sipp, who surrendered Trouts walkoff homer in the ninth inning of the Astros 7-6 loss on Friday, gave up a walk to Josh Hamilton and an RBI double to Erick Aybar. After an intentional walk to Howie Kendrick, Josh Zeid came on and yielded Crons three-run homer. Trout, the 14th Angels batter in the seventh, struck out against Sipp with the bases loaded to end the teams most productive inning of the season after 55 minutes and 74 pitches. Michael Roth (1-0) pitched two perfect innings of relief for the victory after rejoining the Angels from the minors earlier Saturday. Los Angeles is a season-best 14 games over .500 and remains 3 1-2 games behind AL West-leading Oakland. Angeels lefty Hector Santiago gave up five runs, six hits and three walks in five innings of his 11th start of a season in which he has been demoted to the bullpen and to the minors. Ricardo Carvalho Portugal Jersey
. . He is 0-7, and his ERA jumped from 4.08 to 4.50. Feldman allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five without walking a batter. Chris Carter hit a grand slam for Houston. The Astros, who came in with an AL-worst .235 batting average, scored five runs in the third after the Angels took a 1-0 lead in the first on Pujols RBI single. Jason Castro tied it with an RBI double before Santiago hit George Springer on the left leg and gave up a single to Matt Dominguez. That set the stage for Carter, who also homered on Friday. Carter slammed his 15th homer of the season and second career grand slam. NOTES: Pujols hit his 542nd career double in the ninth, overtaking Rogers Hornsby for 30th place. ... The Angels became the fourth team to reach the 50-win mark, joining the As, Brewers and Dodgers. ... Freeses homer was the first by an Angels pinch-hitter since Chris Iannettas solo shot on Sept. 4, 2013. ... Roth was selected to the major league roster to replace LHP Rich Hill, who was designated for assignment. ... Former Angels 3B Troy Glaus, who hit a franchise record 47 home runs in 2000 and was the 2002 World Series MVP, threw a ceremonial first pitch. ... The Angels optioned RHP Cory Rasmus to Triple-A Salt Lake, after obtaining LHP Joe Thatcher and OF Tony Campana from Arizona in a trade that sent OF Zach Borenstein and RHP Joey Krehbiel to the Diamondbacks. NFL Jerseys China
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