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Edmonton Oilers will face a stiffer test in Vancouver Canucks

Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner celebrate an Oiler goal on the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third...

Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner celebrate an Oiler goal on the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Rexall Place on Thursday. Later in the period Hemsky scored the game-winning goal and the Oilers won 6-4. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

The Vancouver Canucks are not the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Edmonton Oilers likely won’t be able to spot the Northwest Division leaders a two-goal lead, then pull even on three separate occasions to earn a victory.

Against the Canucks Saturday night, the Oilers are going to have to tighten things up.

“They’re playing pretty good hockey here as of late, too, so I think for us it’s going to be another great test to see if we can play a complete 60-minute game,” said captain Shawn Horcoff.

“There are going to be lulls during games, but we have to see if we can bend and not break. We’re going to have lulls, but maybe not give up goals and quality chances in those situations. We’re still learning how to be better in those situations.”

In Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Blue Jackets, the Oilers were able to rebound from some sloppy play in their own end.

“They’re a veteran team with experience and they know how to close those games out,” said Sam Gagner.


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