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Saturday, October 12th (All times Eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (1-3-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (4-1-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Edmonton Oilers will try to dig themselves out of an early-season hole on Saturday night as they begin a six-game road trip with a meeting against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Oilers have lost three of four ahead of their longest road trip of the season that will see the club out east for six games. They picked up a home shootout win over New Jersey on Monday, but fell in defeat 4-1 against Montreal on Thursday.

Edmonton scored first, with Ryan Smyth tipping home a Taylor Hall pass for a power-play marker at 2:28 of the second, but it was all Canadiens from there.

"We didn't have any good chances and you have to give them credit because they kept us to the outside," said Smyth.

Devan Dubnyk gave up three goals on 26 shots in the loss.

"I thought we played a good game, probably the most solid game that we've played so far. Improvement is nice, but not good enough yet. It's not good enough if you end up losing the game," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins.

Edmonton has lost plenty of games in Toronto, where it has just three victories in its last 13 trips dating back to 1996. The Maple Leafs have won three straight and seven of the last 10 encounters overall.

Toronto won each of its first three games of the season before a one-goal setback to Colorado earlier this week. The Leafs responded, though, with a 4-0 blanking of the Nashville Predators on Thursday behind 36 saves by Jonathan Bernier.

Bernier's first shutout of the season and seventh of his career improved him to 3-1-0 with a 0.85 goals against average and .974 save percentage in four games with the Maple Leafs this season, three of those starts. He was acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings this past offseason.

"He stood tall in the net and he didn't give up a lot of second opportunities," Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle said. "The puck seemed to hit him in the middle of the chest and he controlled a lot of the rebounds."

Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists, while James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul added goals.

Bernier has won both of his career games versus the Oilers, posting a 1.00 GAA and .966 save percentage. Dubnyk is 0-1-0 with a 4.63 GAA in two games versus the Leafs, yielding six goals on 49 shots.

10/12 10:29:37 ET

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St. Louis NBC, CBC, RDS
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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