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Edmonton
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41-28-13
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Blues
21-46-15

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Sunday, 04.09.2006 / 6:00 PM

Associated Press

GAME: Edmonton Oilers (39-26-13) at St. Louis Blues (20-42-14).

TIME: Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT.

The Edmonton Oilers are running out of time to secure a playoff berth.

They will try to move up in the Western Conference standings when they meet the St. Louis Blues, who have dropped a franchise-record 13 in a row.

The Oilers have 91 points, good for seventh in the West. They trail the sixth-place Avalanche by one point, but have a two-point edge over the Canucks and Sharks, who are tied for the final playoff spot.

After this game, the Oilers face the league-leading Red Wings before wrapping up the regular season with home games against Anaheim and Colorado.

Edmonton beat Chicago 4-3 in overtime on Friday for its fifth victory in eight games. Ryan Smyth scored his second goal of the game on the power play with 3:18 left in the extra period.

Smyth also had an assist, giving him five goals and six assists in an eight-game points streak.

"He was unbelievable again," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said of his captain. "He's more dominant now than at any point in his career. It couldn't come at a better time.

"This win is huge for us emotionally. It would have been very demoralizing for us to come out of here with anything less than two points."

Ales Hemsky and Fernando Pisani had power-play goals for Edmonton,

The Blues will honor of their all-time greats when the raise Al MacInnis' No. 2 to the rafters at Savvis Center.

MacInnis won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman in 1999, and in 1,416 career games totaled 340 goals and 934 assists while playing in 13 All-Star games. He retired as the third-leading career scorer among defensemen, trailing only Ray Bourque (1,579) and Paul Coffey (1,531).

However, he might be best-known for his slap shot that won seven hardest-shot competitions at All-Star games.

"It's quite an honor and I'm obviously very flattered for what the organization is doing," said MacInnis, who officially announced his retirement on Sept. 9 after 23 NHL seasons. "It's going to be a special day and my family is pretty excited about it."

MacInnis' number will be the fifth retired by the team, joining those of Bob Gassoff (3), Barclay Plager (8), Brian Sutter (11) and Bernie Federko (24).

The Blues, who have not won since March 13, are coming off a 4-2 loss Saturday to Colorado. Kevin Dallman and Keith Tkachuk scored for St. Louis.

STANDINGS: Oilers - 91 points, 3rd place, 7 PB, Northwest Division. Blues - 54 points, 5th place, 62 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Smyth, 36 goals; Hemsky, 57 assists and 75 points; Jaroslav Spacek, 94 PIM. Blues - Scott Young, 17 goals and 47 points; Young and Petr Cajanek, 30 assists; Barret Jackman, 156 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Oilers - Power play: 18.7 percent (87 for 465), 9th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.6 percent (383 for 458), 11th. Blues - Power play: 15.3 percent (74 for 483), 25th. Penalty killing: 81.6 percent (354 for 434), 20th.

GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Roloson (13-22-5, 2 SO, 2.81 GAA); Ty Conklin (7-5-1, 1, 2.85). Blues - Reinhard Divis (0-5-1, 4.67); Jason Bacashihua (3-6-0, 3.67).

SEASON SERIES: Blues, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: March 1; Blues, 4-2. At Edmonton, Alberta, Young scored two goals for the Blues, who were outshot 37-12. Former Blues star Chris Pronger had a power-play goal for Edmonton.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 21-11-7 on the road; Blues - 11-20-6 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 09 '06EDM 1 at STL 2M. Rycroft
Mar 01 '06STL 4 at EDM 2J. McClement
Feb 12 '06STL 5 at EDM 4 - SOD. Wideman
Nov 04 '05EDM 7 at STL 2J. Stoll
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