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Canucks to retire Linden's No. 16 before facing Oilers

Edmonton (14-13-2) at Vancouver (17-11-3), 10:30 p.m. EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks

seek their first winning streak of the month on Wednesday when

they take on the Edmonton Oilers for the second time in three

games.

After a four-game losing skid, the inconsistent Canucks have

alternated wins and losses for the last five contests.

They suffered a 3-0 loss to the Oilers on Saturday. Before that

shutout, Vancouver had earned at least a point in six straight

games in Edmonton.

The Canucks will retire Trevor Linden's No. 16 prior to the

start of the game, making the him the second player to receive

such an honor from the franchise.

Stan Smyl, a former captain and member of the Canucks from

1978-91, had his No. 12 retired.

Linden, who announced his retirement on June 11, ranks second in

team history in goals (318) and points (713), and first in

assists (415) and games played (1,140).

Vancouver is also caught up in the swirling rumors of landing

coveted free agent, Mats Sundin. Sundin, a nine-time All-Star,

is expected to announce Thursday whether he'll play for the New

York Rangers or Canucks for the rest of the NHL season.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis met with Sundin's agent, J.

P. Barry, on Tuesday and said the 37-year-old star center is

close to making up his mind.

Edmonton, meanwhile, has won four of its last six games.

However, the Oilers' solid play of late sure did not show in

their last game, a 9-2 drubbing by the Chicago Blackhawks on

Tuesday.

They allowed nine goals in a game for the first time since

losing, 9-4, to the Los Angeles Kings on December 28, 1992.

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