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Monday, 04.03.2006 / 6:30 PM

Associated Press

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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers

GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (36-34-4) at Edmonton Oilers (37-26-12).

TIME: Monday, 8:30 p.m. EDT.

The Edmonton Oilers try to strengthen their playoff position and wrap up a four-game homestand on a winning note when they host the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Oilers are in eighth place in the Western Conference, three points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks. But Edmonton also is in contention for the Northwest Division title, trailing Calgary by six points with eight games to play.

The Oilers also are one point behind seventh-place Vancouver and two in back of sixth-place Colorado. Edmonton ends the regular season on April 17 against the Avalanche.

Craig MacTavish's team, though, missed out on a huge opportunity to tighten the Northwest race with a 4-1 loss Saturday to Calgary. The Oilers dictated the pace early by registering nine of the game's first 10 shots, but were overcome by numerous errors in their own zone that the Flames capitalized upon.

"We seemed to lose composure as the game went on," Edmonton center Michael Peca said.

Shawn Horcoff scored the lone goal for the Oilers, who start a four-game road trip Thursday at Minnesota that also makes stops at Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.

Edmonton will be looking for its special teams to bounce back from a rare poor game. The Oilers went 0-for-5 on the power play after scoring six man-advantage goals in their previous four games. The penalty-killing unit allowed two goals after not allowing one in 19 opportunities over the prior five games.

Phoenix has slim playoff hopes, entering the game in 11th place, 10 points behind Edmonton. The Coyotes have won six of their last seven games, including consecutive road victories over San Jose.

Steve Reinprecht completed his third career hat trick 1:05 into overtime as the Coyotes rallied after losing a three-goal lead in the third period in Saturday's 4-3 win.

Reinprecht may be disappointed to leave San Jose after scoring five of Phoenix's nine goals the last two games.

"Right place, right time," said Reinprecht, who had an even-strength goal, short-handed and power-play tallies. "I've been going to the net and turning around, and the puck's right on my tape."

Curtis Joseph, who made 26 saves, reached 30 wins for the seventh time in his career. A former Oiler, Joseph is 19-6-3 in his career against his former club.

STANDINGS: Coyotes - 76 points, 5th place, 26 PB, Pacific Division. Oilers - 86 points, 4th place, 6 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Coyotes - Shane Doan and Mike Comrie, 27 goals; Ladislav Nagy, 41 assists; Doan, 60 points and 116 PIM. Oilers - Ryan Smyth, 33 goals; Ales Hemsky, 54 assists; Hemsky and Horcoff, 71 points; Jaroslav Spacek, 94 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Coyotes - Power play: 18.0 percent (88 for 489), 14th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.3 percent (375 for 461), 21st. Oilers - Power play: 18.1 percent (82 for 453), 13th. Penalty killing: 83.7 percent (374 for 447), 13th.

GOALTENDERS: Coyotes - Joseph (30-20-2, 2 SO, 2.96 GAA); David Leneveu (3-6-2, 0, 3.35). Oilers - Dwayne Roloson (11-22-4, 2, 2.92); Ty Conklin (7-5-1, 1, 2.85).

SEASON SERIES: Coyotes, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 29; Oilers, 4-3 (SO). At Glendale, Ariz., Chris Pronger scored the tying goal with three-tenths of a second left in regulation, and Radek Dvorak scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Oilers the win.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Coyotes - 18-17-1 on the road; Oilers - 17-15-6 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 03 '06PHX 1 at EDM 7S. Horcoff
Jan 29 '06EDM 4 at PHX 3 - SOR. Dvorak
Jan 21 '06EDM 3 at PHX 4 - SOL. Nagy
Oct 18 '05PHX 4 at EDM 3 - OTD. Morris
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