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Tuesday, March 23rd (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (44-24-4) at Edmonton Oilers (23-42-7), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - After a successful homestand, the Vancouver Canucks hit the road for the first time since their epic 14-game swing this evening, when they try for their fifth straight victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Canucks head to Rexall Place tonight after a 3-1-1 residency. Following a big win over San Jose, Vancouver dropped a tough 4-3 game to Detroit in overtime on Saturday.

It was a game of seconds for the Canucks, who took an early two-goal lead on tallies by Kyle Wellwood and Shane O'Brien before the Red Wings tied things in the second period with a pair of goals five seconds apart. After Detroit took the lead, Vancouver's Daniel Sedin forced overtime on his 20th goal of the season 4:40 into the third, but the Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg stole the extra point on his goal with just 0.2 ticks left in overtime.

"We fought hard and got a point," O'Brien said. "We played good but came up a little short."

Roberto Luongo made 50 saves for Vancouver, which leads Colorado by five points for first place in the Northwest Division with 10 games to play.

Sedin's goal did give Vancouver six 20-goal scorers for the first time since 1992-93, as he joined twin brother Henrik as well as Ryan Kesler, Alexandre Burrows, Mikael Samuelsson, Mason Raymond at the mark.

The Canucks are playing as the road team for the first time since the longest trip in NHL history and wrap up their season series with the Oilers. Vancouver has won four straight since losing the first meeting in Edmonton back on Oct. 19, giving the club six wins in the last nine matchups in the series.

The Canucks notched a 3-2 overtime win at Rexall Place in the last meeting on Jan. 20, getting the game-winner from Daniel Sedin to snap a two-game slide at Edmonton.

The Oilers have been a tough team to play at home as of late, as they have won the first two contests of a four-game homestand as well as six of their last eight as the host overall. They haven't won three straight games since a season-best five-game win streak from Dec. 3-11.

Edmonton began the homestand with a shootout win over Detroit on Friday before posting a big 5-1 triumph over San Jose two days later. Dustin Penner had the 100th goal of his career in the win, while Fernando Pisani, Robert Nilsson, Shawn Horcoff and Aaron Johnson also scored.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 27-of-28 shots for the Oilers and came within 3:02 of his first career shutout. He has won consecutive games after beginning his NHL career 0-8-2.

Edmonton is still last in the NHL with 53 points but will see the return of forward Patrick O'Sullivan to the lineup tonight. O'Sullivan has been out since suffering a finger injury on March 9 versus Ottawa, missing the last six games.

03/23 10:58:00 ET


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