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Thursday, March 23rd (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (34-24-11) at Vancouver Canucks (37-27-6), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The second installment of an important three-game series is on tap tonight in Vancouver, as the Canucks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to GM Place.

The first portion of the set was played Tuesday in Edmonton and the Canucks picked up the 4-1 win. Alexander Auld turned away 29 of the 30 shots he faced to help Vancouver earn the big win at Rexall Place.

These Northwest Division rivals are currently in a scrum for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. Vancouver has 80 points and is in seventh place in the conference, while Edmonton and Los Angeles each have 79 points and are tied for the eighth and final postseason berth.

The Western Conference race is extremely tight with just five points separating the fifth (Colorado) and 10th spots (San Jose).

On Tuesday, Daniel Sedin scored twice and Trevor Linden and Ryan Kesler both registered goals for the Canucks, who have won two of three since losing five in a row.

Raffi Torres had the lone goal for Edmonton, which has dropped six of its last eight. Jarret Stoll notched the primary assist while Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves in the loss.

The last two games of this series are being played in Vancouver with the finale slated for Saturday evening. The Canucks own a 20-8-4 record at home this season, but the Oilers are an impressive 18-11-5 as the visiting club.

Tuesday's win was Vancouver's first of the season over the Oilers. Edmonton is 5-1 against the Canucks this season and has earned wins in seven of the last 10 matchups. The Oilers have also won two straight and three of their last four games in Vancouver.

03/23 10:15:32 ET

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