Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks: Game 2 Preview

Dale MacMillan

Tempers will probably flare in this one.



0-1-0, 0.00 p/g 0-1-0, 0.00 p/g
Western Conf: T-10th Western Conf: T-10th

8:00 p.m. MDT | CBC
Rogers Arena

The opposing view: Nucks Misconduct

Top Story:

The Canucks looked slow and weak against the Sharks and San Jose made them pay for it.  Vancouver's bottom six leave much to be desired compared to previous teams, leaving me to question why they didn't re-sign Mason Raymond?

Gaslight Anthem loves to sing about "The Cool" - it's one of the underlying themes in their songwriting.  The Oilers love to talk about "The Tough", it's an overwhelming part of the media coverage about them.  They've stacked the rosters with tough guys to guard against Zack Kassian.  Zack Kassian will not be playing tonight, but will the tough guys?

The Oilers are saying:

"They [Gazdic, Brown, Acton] had limited minutes but they certainly created a stir whenever they came onto the ice. They got the goal for us, they were in on the forecheck, they flexed their muscles. I should have got them out more"

--Dallas Eakins on the fourth line against Winnipeg.

Iceberg, Right Ahead!

The Opponent is saying:

"The fourth line has got to play better. I'm not sure we had three lines going, either. I am sure. We also need more out of our third line."

--John Tortorella after the Canucks' loss to the Rangers.

That Eberle line is going to find a number of opportunities to score tonight.  Cashing is probably the difference in this one.

Key matchup: Powah vs powah.  Hall's line against Sedin's line and let's see what happens.  Ryan Smyth looked a step behind Hall and Hemsky against Winnipeg, but it's worth giving him another shot - he's still good in front and in the corners.

Expected Lines & Pairings:

Ryan Smyth - Taylor Hall - Ales Hemsky

David Perron - Mark Arcobello - Nail Yakupov

Jesse Joensuu - Boyd Gordon - Jordan Eberle

Lou Gazdic - Will Acton - Mike Brown

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Andrew Ference - Justin Schultz

Nick Schultz - Anton Belov

Devan Dubnyk

For Vancouver:

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alex Burrows

Jannik Hansen - Ryan Kesler - Chris Higgins

Mike Santorelli - Brad Richardson - David Booth

Dale Wiese - Zac Dalpe - Tom Sestito

Ales Edler - Jason Garrison

Kevin Bieksa - Dan Hamhuis

Ryan Stanton - Chris Tanev

Roberto Luongo

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