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Monday, March 29th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (21-34-18-6) at Vancouver Canucks (39-24-10-5), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks continue their push for the top spot in the Northwest Division tonight when they host the lowly Phoenix Coyotes at GM Place.

The Canucks have won their last two games to finally take advantage of Colorado's recent slide. Vancouver is now just one point behind the Avalanche for first place in the division.

On Saturday, Brendan Morrison scored in overtime to give Vancouver a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars at GM Place. Daniel Sedin and Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Canucks, who are two behind Dallas for fourth place in the Western Conference.

Dan Cloutier made 22 saves as the Canucks beat Dallas for the first time this season in four tries (1-3) and snapped a five-game home losing streak to the Stars.

Vancouver completes a four-game homestand tonight and has three games remaining in the regular season. The Canucks will visit the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Wednesday.

The Coyotes dropped their third straight game on Sunday night, as they were handed a 4-2 loss in Edmonton. Petr Nedved tallied a goal and two assists to lead the Oilers.

Shane Doan lit the lamp twice for the Coyotes, who are winless in their last 13 home games (0-8-3-2) and have just one win in their last 19 overall (1-11-4-3).

Doan tied the game at 2-2 with his 27th goal of the season, 6:47 into the third period. But in the next 57 seconds, the Oilers would find the back of the net twice to take the lead and secure the victory.

The Coyotes complete a three-game road trip in Calgary on Wednesday and will host the Chicago Blackhawks in their season finale on Saturday.

Vancouver is 2-0-1 against the Coyotes this season and unbeaten in the last eight matchups (6-0-2). Phoenix has also been winless in its previous six trips to British Columbia (0-5-1).

03/29 10:32:59 ET

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