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GAME: Vancouver Canucks (31-18-5) at Edmonton Oilers (28-18-7).

TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.

Home ice has not been an advantage recently for the Edmonton Oilers.

Edmonton looks for its first home win in more than a month and will try to stay unbeaten this season against the Vancouver Canucks when the teams meet at Rexall Place.

The Oilers have dropped five in a row in front of the home fans since a 5-0 shutout Jan. 3 over the Chicago Blackhawks. Edmonton also has managed one goal in each of the last three losses, including a 2-1 setback in a shootout Thursday to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Steve Staios scored the lone goal in regulation for the Oilers, who have not dropped six straight at home since a franchise-record nine-game slide from Oct. 16-Nov. 24, 1993.

Lack of power-play production has been a key to Edmonton's struggles at home. The Oilers are 0-for-16 on the power play in their last three home games and have just two power-play goals in their last 26 chances during the home skid.

But the Oilers have dominated the Canucks this season, outscoring them 20-16 in four wins and tallying seven goals with the man advantage.

Vancouver will wrap up a season-high seven-game road trip with this contest, trying to build off an impressive win against another division rival.

The Canucks moved ahead of the Flames for the Northwest Division lead in after a 3-1 win Friday over Calgary.

Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist and twin brother and linemate, Daniel, assisted on all three goals for the Canucks. Center Anson Carter also scored.

Since Dec. 1, the line of Carter and the Sedins have combined for 29 goals and 59 assists.

"They're playing really well," said Canucks rookie Ryan Kesler. "They're fun to watch out there and it helps our team a lot when we have a line going like that."

Vancouver, though, is just 14-12-1 since coach Marc Crawford put the line together.

After starting the road trip with three straight losses - including two to Columbus and the St. Louis Blues - Vancouver has won three straight on the road for the first time this season.

The Oilers and Canucks will meet in three straight games from March 21-25 to close out the season series.

STANDINGS: Canucks - 67 points, 1st place (tied), Northwest Division. Oilers - 63 points, 4th place, 4 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Canucks - Markus Naslund, 24 goals and 55 points; Henrik Sedin, 39 assists; Todd Bertuzzi, 90 PIM. Oilers - Ryan Smyth, 22 goals; Shawn Horcoff, 39 assists and 55 points; Jaroslav Spacek and Jason Smith, 72 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Canucks - Power play: 19 percent (67 for 353), 8th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81 percent (269 for 332), 20th (tied). Oilers - Power play: 17.6 percent (59 for 335), 14th. Penalty killing: 83.3 percent (275 for 330), 13th.

GOALTENDERS: Canucks - Alexander Auld (23-13-3, 0 SO, 2.76 GAA); Maxime Ouellet (0-2-1, 0, 4.00). Oilers - Mike Morrison (8-2-0, 0, 2.46); Jussi Markkanen (15-11-6, 0, 3.04).

SEASON SERIES: Oilers, 4-0.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 22; Oilers, 7-6. At Vancouver, British Columbia, Smyth scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period for Edmonton. Ed Jovanovski had three asists for the Canucks.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Canucks - 12-15-2 on the road; Oilers - 11-10-3 at home.

Associated Press

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