(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers look to end a four-game losing skid tonight when they host the Minnesota Wild at Rexall Place. J.J. Watt Jersey
. The Oilers have lost nine of their last 11 contests, including Mondays 3-2 home loss versus Detroit. Ryan Jones and Jordan Eberle scored and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin collected 25 saves. "We played a pretty good game," Eberle said. "We played well in the third and we just couldnt find anything around the net and obviously you let a team like that get a point shot and it seemed like they were tipping everything in sight, so yeah, its frustrating for sure." The Oilers are last in the Northwest Division and will begin a seven-game road trip Monday against the Canucks, Wild, Islanders, Blackhawks, Sabres, Blues and Stars. Edmonton is a solid 9-6-2 at home this season as opposed to its 5-10-1 road ledger. Center Sam Gagner (neck) is doubtful for Thursday and forward Ales Hemsky (illness) is listed as questionable. On a positive note, Eberle has 10 goals and 13 assists in his last 17 games. Minnesota is 3-1 against the division-rival Oilers this season and has won 15 of the previous 20 meetings between the two clubs. Backstrom is 3-0-0 against the Oilers this season with a 1.24 goals-against average and .952 save percentage. The Wild are unbeaten in five straight trips to Rexall Place. The Wild hope to put the brakes on a season-high five-game losing streak when they close out their three-game road trip tonight. Minnesota is 0-3-2 since ripping off seven wins in a row and dropped a 2-1 decision at Calgary on Tuesday. Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the lone goal for Minnesota and Josh Harding made 28 saves. "We were good enough to win that hockey game," Wild head coach Mike Yeo said. "We got away from our game and didnt execute the right way a little bit in the second period and that was the difference." The Wild are winless in their last three road games and own a 10-6-2 record away from home this season. They still lead the Northwest Division by one point over Vancouver. Center Mikko Koivu is expected to miss tonights game with a leg issue and hasnt played in the last three games. Koivu has eight goals and 20 assists this season and last played Dec. 14 in a 4-3 overtime loss versus Chicago. He is riding a six-game points streak (4g, 4a). Troy Polamalu Jersey
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. According to the Buffalo News, some Sabres players voiced their displeasure after Monday nights 5-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.Lincoln Saltdogs starter Ryan Sheldon called it "a good day." That means it wasnt a very good for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Sheldon allowed no runs on six scattered hits over eight complete innings to lead the Saltdogs past the Winnipeg Goldeyes 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon in front of 7,015 onlookers at Shaw Park. With the win, the visitors put a halt to Winnipegs six-game winning streak and left the Goldeyes with a record of 18-7 after 25 games or one-quarter of the 2012 season. "It was a good day for me," Sheldon told the Shaw TV post-game show. "I made the pitches I needed to make. I had a better change than Ive had all season and while I didnt have a great cutter, it got the job done." Indeed it did. The Goldeyes and starter Ace Walker fell behind in the fourth inning and, despite some chances late in the game, just get a clutch when they needed it. Lincoln took the lead in the fourth when Tommy Collaro singled to score Stephen Holdren and then A.J. Miller grounded out to score Collaro. They made it 3-0 in the sixth when Miller singled home McDonald and extended the lead to 5-0 when McDonald singled home Asif Shah and Holdren with two out and the bases loaded. The Goldeyes had runners on second and third with one out in the sixth and couldnt score and then had runners on second and third with two out in the eighth and failed to capitalize. In the ninth, Winnipeg made it interesting off reliever Brandon Cooney. After Jon Weber grounded out, Yurendell de Caster walked, Luis Alen singled and both moved up 90 feet to third and seecond on a wild pitch. Ben Roethlisberger Jersey
. After Josh Mazzola popped out, Kyle Days infield single scored de Caster and then Alen crossed the plate on an error to the Lincoln shortstop Joe Spiers. But with the bases loaded and two out, Saltdogs closer P.J. Zocchi struck out David Narodowski to end the game. "It was nice to have our hitters get some runs," said Sheldon. "When we got the lead, I just wanted to pitch my game and it worked out for us." Sheldon got the win (3-1, 2.41 ERA) while Walker (3-1, 3.68 ERA) suffered his first loss of the season. Zocchi picked up his league-leading sixth save. The Goldeyes still won the three-game series with Lincoln and have now gone 7-2 at home this season. "Were doing OK at home," said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney on the TSN Sports Radio 1290 post-game show. "As long as we keep winning at home, well be OK." After the game, Forney announced that closer Nick Carr was done for the season. "Nick is going on the inactive list and hes been shut down for the season," Forney said. "He has a pretty serious labrum (shoulder) injury and he wont pitch the rest of this year. You never like to lose anybody to injury and I feel bad for Nick. Healthy, he would have been a good pitcher for us." The Goldeyes got on the bus after the game and headed south to Sioux City, IA., to face the Expolorers. Chris Salamida (1-0, 3.38 ERA) will get the start for the Goldeyes on Thursday night. The game can be heard, with Paul Edmonds, on TSN 1290 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ' ' '