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EDMONTON -- Injuries have put a crimp in many of the plans for the top lines of the Edmonton Oilers, but at least one pairing looks to be a lock. Mens UA Stephen Curry 4 . Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists and linemate David Perron scored twice as the Oilers won their fourth consecutive pre-season game, defeating the New York Rangers 5-3 on Tuesday night. "Were playing well together, said Eberle of Perron, who was acquired in the summer in a trade with St. Louis for Magnus Paajarvi. "We play very similar games and I think that helps. He really reads the play. Chemistry is a tough thing to find in this league and when you find it, it is something to keep. Obviously the confidence in each other is there." Eberle himself has looked very solid in the lead-up to the regular season, recording a league-high eight points in four exhibition games. "You cant look too much into pre-season, but it has been a good start," he said. "Were just anxious to get going and do the real thing. Ive worked all summer to get to a point where I felt good about my game and thats what the pre-season is about." Taylor Hall and Ben Eager also scored for the Oilers, who improved to 5-1-1 in exhibition action. Hall will be under the gun playing centre for the first time at the NHL level with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins likely out for a month recovering from shoulder surgery and Sam Gagner reportedly expected to miss up to two months after suffering a broken jaw in a pre-season stick to the face from Vancouvers Zack Kassian. However, Hall said he is being careful not to put too much pressure on himself despite the new position. "Im just trying to have fun with it," he said. "The second you start thinking too much and have a billion thoughts going through your head when you have the puck is when you dont play well. Im just trying to play relaxed and in the moment." Marc Staal, Dan Girardi and J.T. Miller replied for the Rangers (1-3-0) who lost games on back-to-back nights in Alberta. New York struck first eight minutes into the opening period on Tuesday after Oilers defender Jeff Petry hit the side of his own net with a pass and Mats Zuccarello was able to get it behind the net and send it back to Staal at the point. Staals long shot through traffic beat Edmonton starter Jason LaBarbera glove side. Edmonton got that goal back five minutes later just as a power play concluded as Hall was able to tip a Justin Schultz shot past Rangers goalie Martin Biron. The Oilers took a 2-1 lead on a goal with just 30 seconds remaining in the first period as Mark Arcobello sent a long lead pass toward the Rangers net and Perron was able to out-hustle New York defenceman Aaron Johnson to the puck and chip it past Biron for his fourth of the pre-season. Edmonton made it 3-1 on a power play goal just past the one-minute mark of the second period. Petry sent the puck in front of the net and Perron was there to make a perfect deflection into the net for his second goal of the game. The Rangers came right back a minute later, as Miller picked up a rebound in front of the Edmonton net and hooked it past LaBarbera in his first game of the pre-season for New York. New York had a glorious chance to tie it midway through the second frame with a two-man advantage, however it went awry as Eager got the puck just as he was coming out of the box for the first penalty and his shot hit the post before coming back to hit Birons leg and carom into the net for a short-handed goal. The Rangers controlled the bulk of the play in the third, but Edmonton padded its lead as rookie Darnell Nurse send a pass from behind the net and Eberle was able to lift a backhand shot in to make it 5-2. New York finished the scoring with a power play goal on a point shot by Girardi with four minutes remaining. The Rangers continue their western Canadian pre-season trip in Vancouver on Thursday. The Oilers are off until Friday when they face the Dallas Stars in Oklahoma City. Notes: Both teams played the night before with the Oilers winning 2-1 over the Winnipeg Jets and the Rangers falling 4-1 in Calgarya Edmonton starts the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at home to the Winnipeg Jets. The Rangers open the season in Phoenix on Oct. 3. It is the first of nine straight on the road for the Rangers, as renovations to Madison Square Garden will keep the team out of New York until Oct. 28a New Yorks leading scorer from last season, Derek Stepan, remains unsigned with the regular season looming. The 23-year-old centre amassed 44 points in last years shortened seasona The Oilers placed forward Linus Omark on waivers on Tuesday for the purpose of assigning him to their AHL squad in Oklahoma City. Red UA Stephen Curry 5 .C. -- Al Jefferson knows few people will be giving the Charlotte Bobcats a chance to upset the Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Yellow UA Stephen Curry 5 . With the players association in the midst of meetings in Las Vegas, a vote will be held on Friday to decide the CFLPAs presidency and other executive positions. http://www.cheapuastephencurry.com/ . While Chelsea stayed two points behind leader Arsenal courtesy of Etoos hat trick, seventh-place United slipped 14 points from the summit this weekend. And the gap from the Champions League places is growing as well, with Liverpool six points ahead in fourth.LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears were already losing games. Now theyre going to be without their most important players on both sides of the ball. Injured quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least the next four weeks of the season and Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs will be out for around six weeks, staggering blows for a struggling team. The Bears announced the news Monday, a day after Cutler suffered a muscle tear in his groin during a 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins, forcing the Bears to go with veteran Josh McCown. Briggs left the game with a small fracture in his left shoulder. Neither player will need surgery. "Theyre not done," coach Marc Trestman said. "Theyre going to be back (this season)." Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman also left the game with a knee injury as Chicago (4-3) lost for the third time in four games. The Bears are off this week, but with the injuries mounting, their season could be slipping away from them. The defence has been hit particularly hard in recent weeks, and with Cutler out, itll be veteran McCown lining up behind centre as they try to keep up with Green Bay and Detroit in the NFC North. Cutler came up clutching the top of his left leg following a sack by 333-pound nose tackle Chris Baker with about 10 minutes left in the first half. He stayed down for a few minutes and eventually limped off the field. "They said this is a minimum four weeks and then well evaluate it week to week," Trestman said. "Based on the history -- I talked to the doctors this morning -- of this injury, four weeks is a reasonable start and that it would be week to week." The Bears insisted Cutler will return this season. "Unless theres a complication during his rehab, with the injury that he has that Im certain hell be back at some point," general manager Phil Emery said. Where Cutler will be next season remains to be seen, given his expiring contract. Its the second time in three years that he will miss a significant chunk of time, after suffering a season-ending injury in 2011. Emery said he doesnt see a pattern. As for how this injury will impact contract negotiations with Cutler after the season, he wouldnt discuss that. "Theres no reason to because its not the here-and-now," Emery said. The here-and-now has the Bears forced to go with McCown, hoping he can at least keep them afloat while Cutler recuperates. He entered Sundays game at Washington in the second quarter, seeing his first game action since the 2011 season. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett that gave his team a 41-38 lead with 3:57 to play. MMcCown looked understandably rusty in his first few plays, but he did put Chicago in position to win the shootout with the Redskins. Womens UA Stephen Curry 3. The Bears will need more of the same if theyre going to have a chance of winning their next game at Green Bay on a Monday night following the bye, not to mention beating Detroit the following week. They didnt fare well the last time they went an extended period without Cutler. After he broke his thumb two years ago, the Bears dropped five of six following a 7-3 start in a collapse that cost general manager Jerry Angelo his job. Back then, Caleb Hanie struggled in a big way. The Bears then turned to McCown, who had been coaching high school football in North Carolina, late in the season. They have more weapons now with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Bennett, not to mention a rebuilt offensive line and a system thats geared more to quick, high-percentage passes than what they were running under Mike Martz. "Especially in this league where the quarterback drives the ship, I dont know if youre ever ready to handle losing your starting quarterback," McCown said. "But I think the structure is in place and the emphasis has been put on individuals to do their job and do their part. If we continue to get that, and we felt like we got that yesterday, it allows the quarterback to step in there, whether its Jay or myself, to function and play, because guys are going to be coached to be where they are supposed to be and do what theyre supposed to do." With Cutler out, Chicago is bringing in Jordan Palmer to back up McCown. The Bears were one injury away from having receiver Earl Bennett line up behind centre because they only carry two quarterbacks. Emery said that wont change. He also said the Bears are looking to bring in a veteran with Briggs injured. And just for the record, Brian Urlacher is not a candidate. Emery shot down that idea, pointing out that the former star middle linebacker filed his retirement papers before the season and received his termination pay. He also said the Bears wont make a trade simply because of the injuries, even though they have some big holes to fill. They lost defensive tackle Henry Melton, his replacement, Nate Collins, and middle linebacker D.J. Williams to season-ending knee injuries. With Briggs out, rookie Jon Bostic or veteran James Anderson figure to call plays and rookie Khaseem Greene will likely get more playing time. "Weve worked trades here the last couple of weeks, we just havent found the correct combination of value and player exchange," Emery said. 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