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Canucks aim for another win vs. Oilers

by Brian Compton

OILERS (16-32-6) at CANUCKS (27-17-9)


Last 10: Edmonton 3-6-1; Vancouver 4-4-2

Season series: This is the fourth of five games between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver won the first three by a combined score of 12-3, including a 2-1 decision last Tuesday at Rexall Place.

Big story: Edmonton ended a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) Sunday night, when it cruised to a 5-1 victory against the Nashville Predators at Rexall Place. Goalie Ben Scrivens, acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 15, stopped 34 of 35 shots to earn his first win since the trade.

Team Scope:

Oilers: It was a memorable night for Ryan Smyth on Sunday. The veteran forward pulled into a second-place tie with Wayne Gretzky by scoring his 125th power-play goal with the Oilers, helping Edmonton end its skid.

Glenn Anderson holds the Oilers record with 126 power-play goals.

"For Ryan, that was a special thing to do," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "Hopefully, he can keep moving up the charts. Anything that has Mr. Gretzky's name on it and you can match it, it's a great, great accomplishment. I'm really proud of Ryan."

Canucks: Vancouver has experienced trouble scoring goals lately, but it didn't have any problems Sunday.

Kevin Bieksa scored twice, including the game-winner 2:15 into overtime, to lift the Canucks to a 5-4 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes at Rogers Arena. Chris Higgins chipped in with a goal and two assists for Vancouver, which found a way to win despite blowing a pair of two-goal leads.

"It was kind of a sloppy game and with the weird goals it was kind of a strange game," Higgins said. "It's nice to be on the winning side of those games and nice to score a bunch of goals; it's been tough to come by recently."

Who's hot: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle extended his point streak to five games Sunday (four goals, two assists). Taylor Hall had two assists Sunday to extend his point streak to four games. He has five assists over that span. … Canucks forward Ryan Kesler has four points (one goal, three assists) in the past four games.

Injury report: The Oilers could be without defensemen Andrew Ference (upper body) and Philip Larsen (illness), along with forward Ales Hemsky (left ankle). … Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin (ribs) has missed the past three games. Forward Mike Santorelli (shoulder) and defenseman Andrew Alberts (concussion) are on injured reserve.

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