'The sky is falling'

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The Western Conference is traditionally tighter than a drunken sailor on shore leave, but with just six points separating third-place Calgary from 10th place San Jose going into last night, there's no wiggle room.

"I thought it would be close but I didn't know it would be this tight," said Vancouver's Brendan Morrison.

"Usually at this time of the year there's two or three teams battling for the last couple of spots. This year, we've got five."

The Canucks vaulted over the Oilers with their 4-1 win Tuesday, jumping from ninth to seventh with the two points they plucked after losing six of their previous seven games.

"We have company," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish.

"It's not a situation where we're embroiled in our usual playoff fight to get in and Vancouver is sitting comfortably in first place.

"At least we have company in knowing games are every bit as meaningful for them. That's how wild it is right now. You go into Tuesday and the mentality, outside the players, is that Vancouver likely isn't going to win another game.

"The sky was falling. The sky is falling again today, but not on Vancouver, it's on the Edmonton Oilers."

Any team that puts together two or three wins can move up the standings fast. Likewise, two or three losses can mean disaster.

"There isn't much room for error," Morrison said.

"I'd rather be playing games that have meaning to them than games that are meaningless."


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