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Monday, February 16th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (23-25-9-1) at Detroit Red Wings (32-16-8-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings hope to gain ground in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference tonight when they welcome the Edmonton Oilers to Joe Louis Arena.

With 74 points, the Wings currently trail Colorado by four in standings.

On Saturday, Detroit dropped a 5-2 home contest to the Avs, who received a goal and two assists from reigning Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg.

Jiri Fischer and Steve Yzerman scored for the Red Wings in defeat -- their first in seven games (4-1-2). Detroit, which had Manny Legace in net with Dominik Hasek done for the season and Curtis Joseph nursing an injured ankle, also had a three-game winning streak snapped. Legace stopped 25 of the 29 shots he faced in the contest.

The Red Wings, who had a five-game home unbeaten run halted as well (3-0-2), will host Phoenix on Wednesday.

Edmonton, meanwhile, is 0-1-1 since a three-game win streak. On Sunday, Ethan Moreau scored midway through the third period to allow Edmonton to salvage a 2-2 tie with Nashville at Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Radek Dvorak also tallied for the Oilers, who are 1-5-2-1 in their last nine road games. Tommy Salo stopped 30 shots in the deadlock.

Edmonton, which is a perennial playoff club, is 11th in the Western Conference standings at the moment -- seven behind the eighth-place Nashville Predators for the final postseason slot.

The Oilers will visit Colorado on Wednesday.

Detroit is 1-0-1 against Edmonton this season, and 5-2-3 in the last 10 meetings overall.

Six of the last eight games between these clubs have gone into overtime.

02/16 10:12:46 ET


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