Series (Game 6 of 6)

Vancouver leads 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 11th
Game 2: Saturday, December 20th
Game 3: Saturday, December 27th
Game 4: Saturday, February 21st
Game 5: Friday, March 12th
Game 6: Saturday, April 3rd

Oilers 2

(36-29-5, 89 pts)

Canucks 5

(43-24-5, 101 pts)

10:00 PM ET, April 3, 2004

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
EDM 1 0 12
VAN 2 2 15

M. Keane (Canucks - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Ohlund (Canucks - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. Oates (Oilers - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Edmonton (36-28-12-5) at Vancouver (42-24-10-5) 10:00 pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks can become just the second team to win the Northwest Division on Saturday when they host the Edmonton Oilers, who need a win to keep alive their slim playoff hopes.

The Canucks are trying to pry the division title away from the Colorado Avalanche. Vancouver is currently tied with Colorado but won the season series against Avalanche, who have won 10 straight division titles, including five in a row since the Northwest Division was created in 1998. Colorado concludes the regular season Sunday vs. Nashville.

The Canucks were in a similar situation last season, needing a point in their season finale to clinch the division, but they lost to the Los Angeles Kings at home.

Edmonton is in a more desperate situation as it is tied with St. Louis and Nashville for the final two playoff spots. The Oilers have lost the tie-breaker with both the Predators and Blues, who meet on Saturday. St. Louis also plays Sunday at Minnesota.

"It is going to be another tough game because they are fighting for their lives, too," Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier said. "It is going to be another playoff-type game. But it is up to us if we are going to win or not. We own our own destiny and it is going to be up to us."

Vancouver extended its winning streak to five games with a 4-1 victory over San Jose on Friday as Brendan Morrison had a pair of assists and Cloutier stopped 33 shots.

Edmonton has won eight of its last 10 games after rolling to a 3-1 victory at Dallas on Wednesday. Radek Dvorak had a goal and an assists and Petr Nedved recorded two assists for the Oilers, who scored three unanswered goals.