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Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Two of the top teams in the Western Conference meet this evening, as the Colorado enter General Motors Place to face the Vancouver in a Northwest Division battle. Each team has 36 points and is tied atop the division. The clubs trail Detroit by a point for the top spot in the Western Conference.

The are coming off an exciting home victory over lowly Pittsburgh on Tuesday. scored his fourth goal of the game 24 seconds into overtime, lifting the to a 4-3 decision over the .

picked up three assists for the , who improved to 3-1-2 in their last six. made 14 saves against his former team in the victory.

It was the second career four-goal game for Naslund and his 10th career hat trick. He has nine hat tricks in a Vancouver uniform, tying him for second on the club list with . Tony Tanti owns the franchise record with 10.

Naslund has 15 goals this season and leads the NHL with 36 points.

The , an impressive 10-2-2 at home this year, complete their five-game stand against Carolina on Sunday.

The continued their hot streak on Monday night with a 4-1 victory over the struggling Washington . and both had a goal and an assist to lead the to the win at the Pepsi Center.

and also posted goals for the , who extended their unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2). made 22 saves and notched three assists in the win.

The Avs have recorded a point in 15 of their last 17 games (11-2-3-1).

Colorado, which is 7-2-1-1 on the road, heads to Calgary on Saturday night.

This is the first meeting of the season between these division rivals, but Vancouver has held a slight edge recently. The have won three of the last four contests and taken five of the last seven matchups at GM Place.

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