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St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Two clubs trying to remain in the playoff hunt tangle tonight when the Minnesota welcome the Edmonton to Xcel Energy Center. The and are tied for 10th place in the Western Conference with 60 points -- five behind Nashville and St. Louis, who are battling it out for eighth place at the moment.

Edmonton has won its last three games, and is 4-1 in the last five. On Wednesday, and each had a goal and an assist as the defeated the Atlanta , 5-1, at Rexall Place.

, and also lit the lamp for the , winners of three straight for the first time since a four-game spurt in mid-November.

Laraque has scored three goals in his last five games after going 46 games without one.

had the primary assist on two Edmonton goals, while made 22 saves to backstop the win.

The contest was nasty late, as the clubs racked up 173 penalty minutes in the final five minutes. The wild ending included a brawl in which all 12 players on the ice -- goaltenders Conklin and included -- dropped the gloves and engaged.

Edmonton, 0-3-1 in its last four road games, begins a four-game road trip tonight and will visit Nashville on Sunday.

Minnesota, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak ended via Tuesday's 3-1 loss to visiting Los Angeles. The ' scored midway through the third period and made 22 saves to lead LA to the win at Xcel Energy Center.

scored the lone goal for the . Minnesota, which hosted Sunday's All-Star Game, failed to notch a point at home for the first time in seven home tilts (3-1-2-1).

All-Star allowed two goals on 31 shots for the , who are 2-3-1-2 in their last eight tries overall.

Minny will host on Sunday to close out a three-game set.

Edmonton is 2-1-2 against Minnesota this season, and 13-3-4 in the all-time series.

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