And again, and again, and again - Dale MacMillan
The Oilers kick things off against the Canucks
Top Story: It's apparently the biggest story in the history of the NHL - Roberto Luongo started the season on the bench, but was called on after a terrible Corey Schneider start against Anaheim. Read more.
Lineups: Marc Fistric starts the season in the press box, according to coach Ralph Krueger:
Coach Krueger says Potter's #Oilers experience puts him in tonight's lineup while new addition Fistric will "watch and observe"— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 20, 2013
Meaning the defensive pairings shape up like this:
The same Twitter account also lists the lines as follows (intially listed Hemsky on the LW and Yakupov on the RW, but since corrected):
The Opponent is saying:
I didn't think the Canucks' biggest problem last night was defence, I thought it was an inability to control the puck hurt. Remember, if you have the puck, it means the other team doesn't, so not having guys like Ryan Kesler or David Booth in the lineup hurts, since they're good at that sort of stuff. Andrew Ebbett needs to be better. Henrik Sedin needs to be better. Maxim Lapierre needs to be better. The forward group needs to be better at setting up chances inside the scoring zone.
Key matchup: Ralph Kreuger vs. Alain Vigneault. If Krueger is going to run his lines like this, there is no power line to match against the Sedins and the Canucks will look to exploit this when they can.
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