NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, April 3rd
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (36-28-12-5) at Vancouver Canucks (42-24-10-5), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks try to wrap up the Northwest Division
title tonight when they host the Edmonton Oilers at GM Place in the regular
season finale for both teams.
The Oilers, meanwhile, are still battling for the final postseason berth in
the Western Conference.
Edmonton, with 89 points, is tied with Nashville and St. Louis for the eighth
and final spot in the West. However, the Predators and Blues each have two
On Thursday, Radek Dvorak and Ryan Smyth scored in the second period to lead
Edmonton to a 3-1 win over Dallas at American Airlines Center.
Marc-Andre Bergeron also scored and Ty Conklin made 29 saves for the Oilers,
who scored the final three goals of the contest.
Edmonton snapped a 16-game road winless streak against Dallas (0-15-1) and
also earned a point for the 17th time in its last 18 games overall (11-1-2-4).
Petr Nedved posted two assists for the Oilers, who earned a 2-2 tie in the
season series with Dallas.
The Canucks, meanwhile, posted a 4-1 victory in San Jose on Friday. Matt Cooke
scored a goal and Brendan Morrison added two assists to lead Vancouver.
Mattias Ohlund, Henrik Sedin and Artem Chubarov also lit the lamp for the
Canucks, who won their fifth straight overall and stayed tied with Colorado
for the lead in the Northwest Division with 99 points. Vancouver owns the
tiebreaker over the Avalanche, as both have one game left in the regular
season. Dan Cloutier earned his fifth straight win by stopping 33 of 34 shots.
The Canucks are 3-2 against Edmonton this season and 7-2-1 in the last 10
matchups. The Oilers have done well in Vancouver, posting a 7-4-4 mark in
their last 15 trips to British Columbia.
04/03 10:39:40 ET