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Canucks @ Oilers, Game 34 Preview: The Canucks Dive Into Rexall

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The Oilers are in a playoff race (thanks shortened season!) for the first time since...does anyone remember when the Oilers had a chance at the playoffs?

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Edmonton Flyers
19-9-6, 1.29 p/g 13-13-7, 1.00 p/g
Western Conf: 3rd Western Conf: T-10th

8:00 p.m. MST | CBC
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The opposing view: Canucks Army, Nucks Misconduct

Top Story: Edmonton is tied for 10th with Nashville and Columbus right now, just behind Dallas and St. Louis. The Blues are a much better team, so catching them is going to be nearly impossible. The Stars have one of the easiest schedules remaining, and the Oilers one of the most difficult, so even overtime losses rather than regulation losses are necessary at this point.

The Oilers are saying:

"If we can get something that will help us without totally destroying the core of young players we’re going to grow and win with for a long time, of course we’ll look at it. But it has to make sense."

--Steve Tambellini, on the trade deadline.

Apparently Tobias Rieder for Kale Kessy made sense. We're glad it did to someone.

The Opponent is saying:

"In my opinion, they’ve been playing well. They’ve been spending some time in the other team’s end. They were getting some chances and they weren’t getting a lot of rewards for their efforts. Tonight they did."

--Alain Vigneault, on the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line.

That line is going to find a number of opportunities to score tonight.

Key matchup: Ralph Malph doesn't really care much for these modern coaching techniques, so he's going to be spun back and forth by Alain Vigneault. The key will be the team overcoming the matchups. Expect Vigneault to target whatever line Ryan Jones is on because Jones doesn't really care much for defense.


Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andy Sutton knee 01/16/2013
Eric Belanger groin 03/26/2013


Vancouver Canucks Injuries

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Keith Ballard foot 03/30/2013

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Kesler foot 02/27/2013
Manny Malhotra eye 02/10/2013
David Booth ankle 03/17/2013
Zack Kassian back 03/21/2013