Though it doesn't take away the sting of five consecutive losses, coach Ralph Krueger believes his Edmonton Oilers are putting forth solid efforts that eventually should translate to victories.
Todd Richards isn't saying the same about his Columbus Blue Jackets.
Edmonton hopes to have Eric Belanger back in the lineup Sunday night as it seeks a fifth victory in the last six meetings with Columbus, which expects James Wisniewski to return from a two-game absence.
The Oilers (4-4-3) won four of their first six games, but they are 0-2-3 since after Saturday's 2-1 loss at Detroit. Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz, who scored his third goal of the season, said there's plenty of time to recover, though.
"We just have to keep working hard," Schultz said. "It's early in the season. (The wins) will come."
Injuries have been an issue of late, especially at the center position, as captain Shawn Horcoff (broken knuckle) and Anton Lander (broken foot) will miss extended time.
Fellow center ...