After a seven-game hiatus, the Edmonton Oilers dive back into the Northwest Division with a set of four games against the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames.

The action gets underway Saturday night at Rexall Place against the Canucks.

“When you look at the big picture, it’s not hard to hate these teams,” said the Oilers’ Ryan Jones. “Vancouver? They’re the New York Yankees of hockey. They’re an easy team to get up for ... . Both of these teams are going to demand our best.”

Edmonton is 5-2-2 in its last nine games while the Canucks have won six straight.

“These four games are going to be huge for us,” said captain Shawn Horcoff.

The Oilers will have to face another red-hot goalie with Cory Schneider set to start his seventh straight game for the Canucks. He’s fashioned a stingy .990 save percentage in his last six starts.

One of the more perplexing stats, however, is the power-play numbers. Vancouver is two-for-53 since Feb. 21 and parked in 29th spot in that department. They were fourth last season, first in 2010-11 and sixth the season before that.

What the Canucks can do is close out tight games.