Oilers seek help

Look for the Oilers to become more aggressive in the trade market if they’re unable to turn around a slide in which they won five times in a recent 15-game stretch. Edmonton allowed just 23 goals in its first 14 games this season before coughing up 52 in its next 14 contests.

The Oilers are begging for help on defense, where 11 players had suited up through the first two months of the season. Cam Barker, Ryan Whitney, Corey Potter and Andy Sutton had combined to miss 48 games because of injury going into the weekend. Sutton is out again while serving his second suspension.

Center Sam Gagner has been on the trading block since last season. They’re willing to listen to offers for winger Ales Hemsky, but teams aren’t exactly lining up for either player.

Gagner, who had just one goal and nine points in 21 games this season, has failed to become the player they anticipated when selecting him sixth overall in 2007.

Hemsky had 75 goals and 267 points in his first 291 games after the lockout but played only 69 games over the next two seasons. He has just three goals and 11 points in 17 games this year. He’s making $4.1 million.