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The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers are tied for ninth place in the Western Conference as they struggle to get into the playoff picture.

There's been little doubt, however, which team has had the recent edge in their season series.

With both teams coming off key division losses, the Avalanche look to win their fourth straight game over the Oilers when the teams meet Saturday.

Colorado (25-22-4) and Edmonton (25-23-4), rivals in the Northwest Division, remain on the outskirts of the playoff race in the West with 54 points apiece - six back of the eighth and final postseason berth. They both lost 5-3 on Thursday night to teams ahead of them, with the Avalanche losing to Minnesota and the Oilers falling to Vancouver.

"We've got Edmonton coming in ... and we have to try to make sure we get the two points there," Colorado captain Joe Sakic said.

The Avalanche have outscored the Oilers 18-10 since losing the first two games of their season series. Colorado's Andrew Brunette had three power-play goals for his first career hat trick, but the team still needed plenty more offense to beat Edmonton 7-6 on Dec. 19 in the last meeting.


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