Game Thread: Canucks at Oilers - Battle of Attrition

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Oilers host the Canucks in a game featuring two teams whose forward depth is being tested.

The Oilers look to bounce back after a disappointing loss in a game they should have won. This is the second meeting between these 2 clubs after the Oilers beat the Canucks 3-2 in a shootout in their first game of the season.

Expected Line Combinations

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Nail Yakupov - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky

Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Lennart Petrell

Teemu Hartikainen - Anton Lander - Magnus Paajarvi

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry

Justin Schultz - Nick Schultz

Corey Potter - Mark Fistric

Devan Dubnyk

Healthy Scratches: Ryan Whitney, Theo Peckham, Darcy Hordichuk

IR: Eric Belanger (Foot), Ben Eager (Concussion)

Broadcast Information

Rexall Place, 7:30pm MST
TV - Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Pacific
Radio - 630 CHED

Outlook

Sam Gagner is currently riding an 8 game point streak (3G 6A) and rookie Nail Yakupov leads the team in goals with 5 (and clutch celeys with 2). Shawn Horcoff returns to the lineup after missing a game with a strained neck and Potter, Corey draws in for Ryan Whitney who is a healthy scratch for the first time in his career.

Oilers are currently last in the league in ES shooting percentage (5.3%), and you figure that will change. Devan Dubnyk is starting his 9th straight game and he could use a bit more goal support as the club has scored just 5 goals in the last 3 games (1-1-1)

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