Game Thread: Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers

USA TODAY Sports
Loading Scores

Game preview: Outside of Sedin-Sedin-Burrows, Vancouver's forward lineup looks like an AHL squad. The defense is still very good, and they have an excellent goaltender, though he's on the bench for this one. If Krueger was smart, he would isolate that Sedin line against a tough minutes line with Horcoff and Hemsky and let Hall bury Andrew Ebbett, if that's a real player.

Team Reports

Oilers Report: The only change to the lineup is Devan Dubnyk back in goal for Nikolai Khabibulin. Thankfully.

Canucks Report: Kesler, Booth, Kassian and Malhotra are out. Basically, the Canucks have a really good second line on IR. Luongo is benched for this one.

Expected Line Combinations

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Jones - Shawn Horcoff - Nail Yakupov
Mike Brown - Ryan Smyth - Lennart Petrell

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz
Ryan Whitney - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk

Scratches: Mark Fistric, Theo Peckham

Broadcast Information

Rexall Place, 8:00 pm MST
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED

By The Numbers

  • The Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line all have an Offensive Zonestart % above 60, which is down from last season when they were all above 70.
  • Maxim Lapierre bears the brunt of that strategy - his Offensive Zonestart % is 22.6
  • Sam Gagner is playing in game #400 tonight.
  • Vancouver's power play is ranked 30th in the NHL.
  • Overall, Vancouver's special teams are ranked 25th in the NHL.
  • X
    Log In Sign Up

    forgot?
    Log In Sign Up

    Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

    As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

    Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

    I already have a Vox Media account!

    Verify Vox Media account

    Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

    Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

    As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

    Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

    Forgot password?

    We'll email you a reset link.

    If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

    Forgot password?

    Try another email?

    Almost done,

    By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

    Join The Copper & Blue

    You must be a member of The Copper & Blue to participate.

    We have our own Community Guidelines at The Copper & Blue. You should read them.

    Join The Copper & Blue

    You must be a member of The Copper & Blue to participate.

    We have our own Community Guidelines at The Copper & Blue. You should read them.

    Spinner.vc97ec6e

    Authenticating

    Great!

    Choose an available username to complete sign up.

    In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

    tracking_pixel_9355_tracker