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TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Edmonton Oilers have been making a run at the playoffs over the past three weeks. If they want to continue that push, they'll have to do something they've done only once this season - beat the Calgary Flames.
Edmonton looks to extend its point streak to six games when it visits Calgary for the sixth and final meeting between the Northwest Division rivals this season.
The Oilers beat Chicago 4-3 in overtime on Sunday to earn at least one point for the fifth straight game. Edmonton has gone 5-1-2-1 since Feb. 18 to move within four points of both St. Louis and Los Angeles for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Eric Brewer had two goals on Sunday, and Jarret Stoll scored 44 seconds into overtime to give the Oilers the victory.
"We found a way to win and get two points, which is huge this time of the year," Stoll said. "Every game we need that, no matter if we're playing teams below us in the standings or teams right above us."
The Flames are seven points above the Oilers in the West, sitting in a sixth-place tie with Nashville. Calgary, which hasn't made the playoffs since the 1995-96 season, is unbeaten in regulation against Edmonton (4-0-0-1) this season.
"Edmonton beats Calgary all the time," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. "That is the history of the Flames not making the playoffs. So this (season) has been a measuring stick."
The Flames snapped a two-game losing streak on Sunday with a 7-1 road win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Oleg Saprykin scored two goals, Craig Conroy had a goal and two assists and Rhett Warrener had three assists for Calgary.
"Look at the standings," Flames forward Jarome Iginla said. "We need these games. We're in the running for a playoff spot and it's very close. We knew we had to get a win in Colorado, and it was a game where every single guy showed up."
STANDINGS (through March 7): Oilers - 69 points, 4th place, 16 PB, Northwest Division. Flames - 76 points, 3rd place, 9 PB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Ryan Smyth, 20 goals and 49 points; Radek Dvorak, 31 assists; Georges Laraque, 93 PIM. Flames - Iginla, 35 goals and 62 points; Conroy, 31 assists; Chris Simon, 225 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 7): Oilers - Power play: 12.1 percent (34 for 282), 29th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.2 percent (243 for 303), 29th. Flames - Power play: 15.4 percent (47 for 306), 21st. Penalty killing: 83.6 percent (244 for 292), 17th (tied).
GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Tommy Salo (17-18-6, 3 SO, 2.58 GAA); Jussi Markkanen (8-12-2, 2, 2.48). Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (18-7-2, 2, 1.65); Roman Turek (4-10-0, 1, 2.68).
SEASON SERIES: Flames, 4-1.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 28; Flames, 2-1. At Edmonton, Alberta, Iginla set up Dean McAmmond's second-period goal, and scored the game-winner in the third to lead the Flames.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 11-15-7-2 on the road; Flames - 17-12-4-1 at home.