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Game Thread: Oilers at Boston

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Looking for six straight.

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

With wins in five straight games the Oilers visit the Bruins looking to make it six in a row and break a streak of losses that's dates back more than 19 years. Believe it or not, the Oilers last won a game in Boston in November of 2006. For perspective, Connor McDavid wouldn't be born until January of 1997. Of course the NHL's unbalanced schedule of the early 2000s played a big part in the Oilers' nearly two decades long losing streak, but whatever the reason, going more than 19 years between wins in a city is a little bit impressive.

Tonight it'll be a battle of the backups, with Jonas Gustavsson in net for the Bruins and Cam Talbot for the Oilers. Talbot hasn't played in a game since late November, his last action was in an overtime loss to the Red Wings. After two less than stellar performances by Anders Nilsson the door is open just a crack for Talbot. One strong game won't be enough for him to take back the job as the Oilers' number one goalie, but the Oilers could use two guys playing well so a string game will likely get him another game, and from there who knows. Before any of that happens though Talbot is going to have to show a little of the form that convinced the Oilers to trade for him last summer. In a city where the Oilers haven't won in 19 years. Good luck with that.