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Tuesday, March 16th (All times eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (20-40-8-4) at Edmonton Oilers (29-27-12-4), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers try to keep their fading playoff hopes alive tonight when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rexall Place.

On Sunday, the Oilers rallied to a 3-1 home victory over the Ottawa Senators. Radek Dvorak and Ethan Moreau scored less than a minute apart midway through the second period to erase a one-goal deficit and lift Edmonton.

Raffi Torres also scored and Petr Nedved set up a pair of goals for the Oilers, who finally snapped an NHL-record streak of seven overtime games and earned at least a point for the ninth straight contest (4-0-2-3).

Ty Conklin needed to make just 12 saves for Edmonton, which outshot Ottawa 22-13.

Edmonton is now five points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Oilers trail Nashville and Los Angeles by five for the final berth and are also four behind ninth-place St. Louis.

The Oilers, 6-0-1-2 in their last nine home games, complete a five-game homestand against Nashville on Friday.

Columbus, meanwhile, was handed a 3-2 setback by the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday. Alexandre Daigle's early third-period tally was the difference for Minnesota.

David Vyborny and Trevor Letowski netted goals for the Blue Jackets, who lost for the sixth consecutive time. Marc Denis stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced in the setback.

The Blue Jackets have 52 points and are in last place in the Western Conference -- one behind Chicago.

Columbus, 2-11-3 in its last 16 tilts as the visitor, plays the third test of a five-game road trip tonight. The Blue Jackets continue the swing in Calgary on Thursday.

Edmonton is unbeaten in the last nine meetings with the Blue Jackets (6-0-3). The Oilers have also won four straight home matchups against Columbus and are 6-1-0 all-time against the Jackets at Rexall Place.

03/16 10:58:11 ET


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