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GAME: Edmonton Oilers (17-11-4) at Vancouver Canucks (20-9-2).
TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EST.
The Vancouver Canucks look to continue their dominance at GM Place when they begin a season-high six-game homestand against an Edmonton Oilers team that has beaten them twice this year.
Vancouver has lost once in 13 home games and is looking to win seven straight there for the second time this season. The Canucks won their first seven at GM Place before a 5-3 loss to Colorado on Nov. 10.
Vancouver won its fourth straight overall Thursday, all against Eastern Conference teams, as Anson Carter scored twice in the third period in a 5-4 victory over Philadelphia.
"We want to play well against the East," Carter said. "We have a lot of pride and we want to show we're one of the top teams in the West."
Alex Auld continued to play well in goal for Vancouver in place of Dan Cloutier, who could miss up to four months after undergoing knee surgery Thursday. Auld finished with 39 saves, including a few key stops in the final seconds when Philadelphia pulled its goalie for an extra attacker.
"He was a difference-maker in the third period," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said of Auld, 12-6-1 this season.
Vancouver's last loss was 5-3 to the Oilers on Dec. 1, its second in Edmonton this season.
The Oilers avoided another close defeat Thursday as Ethan Moreau's power-play goal with 1:23 left snapped a 3-3 tie to help Edmonton beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3.
Edmonton was 1-3-0 in its previous four games, with all the losses coming either in overtime or a shootout.
"I'm skating well, and any time I skate well I'm going to get a lot of chances," Moreau said.
The left wing has three goals and four assists in his last five games.
"Now he's got the confidence," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.
STANDINGS: Oilers - 38 points, 3rd place, 4 PB, Northwest Division. Canucks - 42 points, 1st place, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Oilers - Ryan Smyth and Raffi Torres, 13 goals; Shawn Horcoff, 23 assists; Jarret Stoll, 28 points; Moreau, 49 PIM. Canucks - Markus Naslund, 17 goals and 35 points; Henrik Sedin, 21 assists; Wade Brookbank, 63 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Oilers - Power play: 17.2 percent (33 for 191), 15th (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.6 percent (162 for 196), 14th. Canucks - Power play: 17.2 percent (36 for 209), 15th (tied). Penalty killing: 83.2 percent (154 for 185), 11th (tied).
GOALTENDERS: Oilers - Jussi Markkanen (10-9-3, 3.03 GAA); Mike Morrison (5-1-0, 1.79). Canucks - Auld (12-6-1, 2.65); Rob McVicar (0-0-0, 0.00).
SEASON SERIES: Oilers, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 1; Oilers, 5-3. At Edmonton, Torres had a goal and an assist, and Stoll scored two goals for the Oilers.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Oilers - 10-7-2 on the road; Canucks - 13-1-0 at home.