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Saturday, February 28th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Wild (30-25-5) at Edmonton Oilers (30-26-5), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams battling for a playoff spot will meet tonight in Edmonton as the Oilers welcome the Minnesota Wild for a Northwest Division clash at Rexall Place.

Minnesota and Edmonton each have 65 points and are currently in a group of four teams tied for the final two playoff berths in the Western Conference. Dallas and Anaheim are also part of that group and Nashville is just one point back in 11th place.

The Wild have taken two of three meetings with Edmonton this year and have won six of the last nine encounters overall. However, the Oilers have won three straight and four of the last five matchups in Alberta.

The Oilers have lost four of their last five games and are coming off a close loss their last time out, as they were handed a 1-0 setback by visiting Columbus on Thursday.

Steve Mason recorded his eighth shutout of the season with 19 saves and former Oiler Raffi Torres notched the game's only goal in the third period to help the Blue Jackets edge Edmonton.

Dwayne Roloson made 31 saves in the tough loss and fell to 21-16-5 on the season. Roloson is 1-3-1 in his last four starts and is just 6-11-3 in 20 career outings against the Wild, who he played parts of four seasons with from 2001-06.

This evening's test marks the end of a four-game homestand for the Oilers, who are 1-1-1 on the swing and 14-12-4 as the host this season. Edmonton will visit Nashville on Tuesday to kick off a four-game road trip.

Like Edmonton, the Wild have also struggled recently, losing two straight and five of their last seven games.

After picking up a point in Tuesday's shootout loss to visiting Los Angeles, the Wild were handed a 4-1 setback Friday night in Calgary. Mike Cammalleri scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff needed to make just 15 saves to notch his league-leading 37th win of the season, as the Flames tamed Minnesota at the Saddledome.

Marc-Andre Bergeron lit the lamp for Minnesota, while Niklas Backstrom was burned four times on 29 shots.

The Wild are making the second stop on a season-high six-game road trip tonight. Minnesota is 12-14-0 as the visitor this year and has lost two of three and 11 of its last 16 road tilts.

02/28 11:05:35 ET


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