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Canucks @ Oilers Game 52 Preview

More Of Year Four Eight

Jonathan Daniel



25-16-9, 1.18 p/g Ranks 15-30-6, .706 p/g
Western Conference: 7th Western Conference: 14th
11th P/G 29th
10th ST 26th
13th ES 29th
10th Goal 30th
7:30 PM MDT - Sportsnet West
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Nucks Misconduct

Top Story

  • Darryl Katz sure appreciates your patronage, and he's really sorry that the team isn't any good this year, but you need to remember that we're only in year four of the rebuild, and we're just doing what other teams that are rebuilding do. That's an admirable way of looking at things, you know, to completely ignore half of the non-playoff years out of the last eight. I don't know whether I should be angry that this letter appears to insult everyone who's invested more than ten minutes in this team, or if I should be astonished that someone can actually write that dreck without cracking a smile.
  • I've made up my mind, I'm angry.

The Oilers are saying

"There's benefits and drawbacks to every city you play in, right? Obviously, LA, where my wife's from, nice weather, close to the beach, a perennial contender, so, there's a lot of positives to being there, but again, you kinda get lost behind the Lakers, and a lot of stuff down there so, being back here at home, there's gonna be new challenges presented, and trying to balance all the friends and people I know around here, and still, essentially establish that hockey's got to come first after family, and making sure that I can do what I have to do off the ice to be successful on the ice here"

That's Ben Scrivens' answering a question about the benefits and drawbacks of playing for his hometown team.

Anybody got a wager on him staying? I don't.

The Opponent is saying

"We respect the decision made by the National Hockey League today to suspend John Tortorella for 15 days from Sunday, with no contact with the team for six games. We would also like to acknowledge our organization's full support for John and we look forward to having him back behind the bench soon."
That's Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis commenting on Canucks Coach John Tortorella's suspension. Tortorella was suspended for 15 days for entering the hallway outside Calgary's dressing room during Saturday's Flames / Canucks match, causing a ruckus. Tortorella had to be physically restrained from entering Calgary's dressing room. I'm sure it's happened before, but I can't remember the last time a coach nearly went into another club's hallway during the intermission.

Also, it was pretty dumb.

Of note:

  • Not only do the Canucks not have their coach, they also are without the services of Henrik Sedin. Sedin will sit out his first game after playing in 679 consecutive games dating back to the 2003-04 season. Sedin left the Flames game early on Saturday due to a rib injury he sustained in Phoenix on Thursday.
  • I've got Ben Scrivens in today, although no official announcement has been made at this point in time. Why? He's "auditioning". Remember?
  • Corey Potter's back! He's replacing Anton Belov! Don't act all excited at once!
  • The Oilers need to win a game or two in order to stay out of the basement. The Sabres have 33 points in 47 games played, while your Edmonton Oilers sit close by with 36 points in 51 games played. The Sabres host Florida tonight.

The Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin - Ryan Kesler - Alex Burrows

David Booth - Chris Higgins - Jannik Hansen

Tom Sestito - Zac Dalpe - Zack Kassian

Kellan Lain - Brad Richardson - Dale Weise

Christopher Tanev - Dan Hamhuis

Alexander Edler - Kevin Bieksa

Jason Garrison - Yannick Weber

Roberto Luongo


The Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

David Perron - Sam Gagner - Ryan Jones

Ryan Smyth - Mark Arcobello - Matt Hendricks

Jesse Joensuu - Boyd Gordon - Luke Gazdic

Andrew Ference - Justin Schultz

Nick Schultz - Corey Potter

Jeff Petry - Martin Marincin

Ben Scrivens