The Edmonton Oilers have more at stake this weekend than winning their first season series in four years against the rival Calgary Flames.
Hoping to avoid falling further out of playoff contention, the Oilers can snap a four-game skid with a third consecutive victory over the visiting Flames on Saturday night.
While Calgary (15-21-4) almost certainly will miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season, Edmonton (16-17-7) needs to make one final push to reach the postseason for the first time since losing to Carolina in the 2006 Stanley Cup finals.
The Oilers are 12th in the Western Conference, six points behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot.
"We all know there are no points to give any more,'' Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said after Wednesday's 3-1 home loss to Phoenix. "We aren't going to give up on this. We're not going to speak that language or allow it in the room.
"Now we are in a position where we are going to need some help from other teams and some things ...