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Preseason Game 8 - Oilers @ Canucks

Final preseason game takes place in friendly ol' BC

You keep me hangin' on.  Woo woo
You keep me hangin' on. Woo woo
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Preseason Ranks Preseason

Rogers Arena
The opposing view: Canucks Misconduct
Tickets - TiqIQ

The Final Countdown

The final dress rehearsal will take place hours from now on a thin sheet at Rogers Arena.  Is Will Acton going to hang on to a fourth line spot?  What about Anton Lander?  Will Keith Aulie find himself on the big club now that Nikita Nikitin is out for a couple of weeks?  Will you launch a cinder block through your television before a breath of the regular season even gets underway?

I've got odds on the last one.

The Oilers are saying

"I hope I get a birthday present tonight, we win & I make the team"

That's Oilers forward Bogdan Yakimov.  Yakimov turns 20 today, and he'll be lined up on the fourth line with Will Acton and Mark Arcobello tonight.

Yakimov is a face who just might stick around after tonight.  I would be very surprised, although not shocked if he made the team after another solid performance tonight.

The Opponent is saying

"Tonight I want our guys to play hard.  We want to make sure we're ready to go when the season starts on Wednesday"
Ben Scrivens might have his hands full tonight, as the Canucks are dressing quite a few NHL regulars.  If the Canucks come out and handle the Oilers, it will be nice for them to end the preseason on a winning note.  If they lose to a team who is still auditioning players, I can't imagine that going very well.

Have some of this
  • Who sticks after tonight?  Finland preseason sensation Jesse Joensuu?  Keith Acton's kid?  The Other Yak?  One of the two defensive young guns?  It's never the one you want.  If I can't have Omark, you can't have what you want either.
  • Oh God, Keith Aulie again?
  • Anton Lander gets another look, and this one's a bit more forgiving.  He's slated to go on line one with Draisaitl and Yakupov.  If you're going to score a goal, tonight's a pretty good night to do so.
  • No Hall tonight, but there is an Eberle.  He'll join up with Boyd Gordon and Teddy Purcell, which gives me a strange, tingly feeling.  Like a 2 in 1 shampoo, it tingles for the thought that Eberle, Gordon and Purcell might be linemates in the coming weeks.

The Edmonton Oilers

Anton Lander - Leon Draisaitl - Nail Yakupov

Matt Hendricks - Jujhar Khaira - Tyler Pitlick

Teddy Purcell - Boyd Gordon - Jordan Eberle

Will Acton - Bogdan Yakimov - Mark Arcobello

Keith Aulie - Martin Marincin

Darnell Nurse - Brad Hunt

Oscar Klefbom - Justin Schultz

Ben Scrivens

Viktor Fasth

The Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Radim Vrbata

Chris Higgins - Nick Bonino - Alex Burrows

Nicklas Jensen - Shawn Matthias - Zack Kassian

Derek Dorsett - Linden Vey - Jannik Hansen

Dan Hamhuis - Luca Sbisa

Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev

Ryan Stanton - Yannick Weber

Ryan Miller

Eddie Lack