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Sunday, March 21st (All times eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (20-42-8-4) at Vancouver Canucks (37-23-10-5), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks try to halt a four-game winless slide tonight when they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to GM Place.

Vancouver enters the day tied with Dallas for fourth in the Western Conference with 89 points. The Canucks are four points behind the Colorado Avalanche for first in the Northwest Division chase.

On Friday the Canucks suffered a 4-3 overtime loss in Chicago. Tyler Arnason scored 1:44 into overtime to post his second career hat trick and give the Blackhawks the win.

Brendan Morrison, Matt Cooke and Trevor Linden scored for the Canucks, who suffered their second straight loss and are winless in their last four (0-2-1-1).

Starting goaltender Dan Cloutier missed the game with a strained hip flexor, and replacement Johan Hedberg allowed three goals on 15 shots before being pulled in the second period. Cloutier is day-to-day.

Vancouver, 0-2-2 in its last four home games, opens a four-game stand tonight and will welcome Los Angeles to town on Wednesday.

Columbus, meanwhile, has lost its last eight games, including Thursday's 2-0 setback in Calgary. Miikka Kiprusoff posted 23 saves for his third shutout of the season and Matthew Lombardi and Jarome Iginla each added goals to lead the Flames.

Marc Denis turned in a solid effort between the pipes with 33 saves for Columbus. The Blue Jackets are in last place in the Western Conference -- three points behind the Chicago Blackhawks.

Columbus has just two wins (2-13-3) in its last 18 road games.

The Blue Jackets will host Minnesota on Wednesday.

Vancouver is 2-1 against Columbus this season, and 10-3-2 all-time in the series. The Jackets have lost six of the seven meetings at GM Place.

03/21 10:07:39 ET

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