Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/12/11
The Edmonton Oilers' last two first-round draft picks both contributed to a win in the season opener. Ending Edmonton's woes at the Xcel Energy Center might be an even bigger task for the young stars. The Oilers will try to snap a 16-game losing streak in Minnesota when they visit the Wild on Thursday night. Edmonton (1-0-0) is 0-14-2 in its last 16 visits to the Xcel Energy Center and was outscored 12-5 in three meetings there last season. The 16-game stretch is the NHL's second-longest active winning streak by a home team over a visitor. Nashville has 17 consecutive home victories over Columbus. The Wild, who are beginning a three-game homestand, outplayed the Oilers everywhere in 2010-11, sweeping the six-game season series by a 23-9 margin. "We know that (Minnesota) will come hard at us," Oilers rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "We need to be ready." A 2-1 shootout win over Pittsburgh on Sunday should have Edmonton feeling ready for this matchup. "We always approach it li...
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