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Sunday, March 28th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (21-33-18-6) at Edmonton Oilers (34-27-12-5), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers continue their push for the playoffs tonight when they host the Phoenix Coyotes at Rexall Place.

The Oilers have 85 points and are currently in a three-way tie with Nashville and St. Louis for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. All three teams have 85 points, but St. Louis and the Predators currently hold the final two spots by virtue of having more wins than Edmonton.

On Friday, Ryan Smyth's first-period goal was the difference, as the Oilers knocked off the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, in Edmonton. Fernando Pisani and Petr Nedved also scored for the Oilers.

Ty Conklin faced 19 shots, stopping all but one for the win, the sixth in seven games for the Oilers (6-0-0-1). Edmonton now has earned a point in 15 straight games (9-0-2-4).

Edmonton has won five of the last seven meetings and is 9-0-1-3 in its last 13 home games overall.

The Oilers will close out the regular season with a three-game road trip that begins in St. Louis on Tuesday.

Phoenix, meanwhile, continued its tailspin Friday, as it was handed a 3-0 loss by the visiting San Jose Sharks. Vesa Toskala made 30 saves to post his first shutout of the season and second of his career and Vincent Damphousse had a goal and an assist.

Brian Boucher stopped 23 shots for the Coyotes, who were shut out for the second straight game. They are winless in their last 12 home games (0-7-3-2) and have just one win in their last 19 overall (1-10-4-3).

Phoenix plays the middle test of its three-game road trip in Vancouver on Monday.

The Oilers are unbeaten in the last four meetings with Phoenix (3-0-1) and are 7-3-1 in the preceding 11 games of the series. The Coyotes also have just one win in their previous nine trips to Edmonton (1-6-2).

03/28 10:16:12 ET


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