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Saturday, December 2nd (All times eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (12-11-2) at Vancouver Canucks (12-13-1), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two teams in the tightly-packed Northwest Division tangle tonight when the Vancouver Canucks welcome the Colorado Avalanche to GM Place.

The Northwest is currently led by Edmonton with 28 points, but only three points separate the Oilers and last-place Vancouver. Colorado is tied for third with 26 points.

Vancouver has lost three of its last four games, including Thursday's 2-1 loss to visiting Anaheim. Ryan Getzlaf's power-play goal in the third period lifted the Ducks

Alexander Edler scored the lone goal for Vancouver, while Roberto Luongo allowed two goals on 30 shots in the losing effort, but it was his critical mistake that led to the game-winning goal.

With the contest tied 1-1 in the third period, Luongo attempted to clear the puck but ended up sailing it over the glass for a two-minute delay of game minor. The Ducks scored on the ensuing power play.

The Canucks will host Edmonton on Monday.

Colorado, meanwhile, has won three of its last four games. On Thursday, Tyler Arnason tallied two goals and added an assist, and Marek Svatos also scored two goals as the Avalanche buried the Edmonton Oilers, 7-3, at Rexall Place.

John Michael Liles had a three-point night for Colorado, netting a goal and two assists, while Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.

Joe Sakic added two assists and Peter Budaj stopped 21-of-24 shots between the pipes.

The Avs will host Columbus on Tuesday

Colorado has won the first three meetings with Vancouver this season and has taken seven of the last 10 clashes overall.

12/02 11:29:15 ET

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