Ten games to go

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks' much-hyped trilogy with the Edmonton Oilers didn't solve much for either team because math got in the mix.

Canucks won two of the three games but didn't shut down the Oilers' quest for points in the Western Conference's playoff race.

Oilers' 3-2 Saturday night victory at General Motors Place and the charity point they earned in Thursday's Canucks' shootout win gave Edmonton three of a possible six points.

The Oilers were hoping to remain in seventh place when they visited the sixth-place Colorado Avalanche last night. If the Avs beat the Oil, Canucks could move into eighth by default because Edmonton would no longer have a game in hand. Tenth-place San Jose also played Chicago.

The Canucks, who grossed four points in the series, fell to eighth-place Saturday and meet the Los Angeles Kings tonight in another must-win game (7:30 p.m., CKNW/Sportsnet).

Canucks lost twice to Los Angeles last fall and will play five of their final 10 games against the Kings and California counterparts San Jose Sharks and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

The Kings come north after general manager Dave Taylor replaced head coach Andy Murray last Tuesday with scout John Torchetti. Murray, at the helm since 1999, was fired after the Kings tumbled from second in the West to ninth and are in danger of missing the playoffs. Torchetti's only prior NHL head coaching experience was a 10-12-5 stint behind the bench for the Florida Panthers in 2003-2004.

"Anytime you see that, usually you get a team that gets focus right away," Canucks' head coach Marc Crawford said of the Kings' desperate, late-season coaching change.


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