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This is Edmonton's fourth game against Vancouver so far this year. Maybe this is the one.

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12-6-0, 24 points, 1.334  p/g Ranks 6-10-2, 14 points, .778 p/g
Western Conference - 5th Western Conference - 13th
7th P/G 28th
7th ST 15th
25th ES 28th
20th Goal 27th
6 PM MDT - SN
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Nucks Misconduct

Hall Is Not Enough

The Coyotes got goals from Brandon Gormley and Mikkel Boedker, while Devan Dubnyk turned aside 33 of 34 shots for the Arizona Coyotes as they defeated the Oilers 2-1 on Sunday night.  Taylor Hall made his return to the lineup well ahead of schedule after suffering a sprained MCL, and he produced a goal with around six minutes remaining in the third period.  The Oilers are going to have to score more than one goal a game in roder to secure victories, so this one gets away to the Jets Phoenix Arizona.  Whatever.

The Oilers are saying

"No comment.  Dallas has been great, and he's been a guy that I've learned a lot from, so that's a pretty stupid question, really"

I admit, I would've liked the 30th out of 30 question to be given to Dallas.  "So, Dallas, it says here that you're a flaming box of blown out tire shavings.  What say you?"

Is it wrong that I fully expect the wheels to come off in some awful fashion by the time American Thanksgiving comes around, and that it's not a matter of when, but how?  We've come to expect it, yeah?

The Opponent is saying

"You never want to stew on that too long, that's a bad memory, we needed a little time off, but now we gotta make sure we're ready when the game starts"
That's Canucks coach Willie Desjardins on recovering from getting trounced by the Coyotes by a 5-0 margin.

Devan Dubnyk turned aside a boatload of shots in the Vancouver game, then he did it again against the Oilers.  Oh, right, this is about the Canucks.  Vancovuer did most of the shooting in their 5-0 loss to the Coyotes, but score effects and a pretty good Devan Dubnyk kept them at bay.  Coach Desjardins (like most other coaches) doesn't really want to focus long on getting shellacked by the 13th ranked team in the West.

Tonight, they face off against the 14th ranked team in the West.

Have some of this
  • A weeknight game at six PM?  What the hell?
  • The Oilers have faced off against the Canucks three times already in this young season.  They took one to overtime.  Half a surprise is better than none, I suppose.
  • Oilers last win was on 09 November in New York.  They're still looking for a victory against a Western Conference team.  I'd take a victory against a Junior B team right now.
  • Zack Kassian is scheduled to return for Vancouver tonight after a five game absence due to a knee injury. He'll be perched on the third line next to Brad Richardson and Shawn Matthias.  Friends forever.
  • "FIXING" THE FOURTH - It's gonna be Steve Pinizzotto in tonight for Jesse Joensuu.  Stop tweaking the fourth line.  Honestly, I'm shocked that Gazdic isn't in with Kassian returning.
  • BETWEEN SOME PIPES - Ben Scrivens looked pretty good last game.  He gets the start tonight, it'll be his third consecutive.  He's fared well (.932 SV%) in two losses to Vancouver. Ryan Miller is expected to get the start tonight for the Canucks.
  • GOILERS

PROJECTED LINES

The Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins - Nick Bonino - Alex Burrows
Shawn Matthias - Brad Richardson - Zack Kassian
Andrew Alberts - Linden Vey - Jannik Hansen

Alex Edler - Chris Tanev
Ryan Stanton - Kevin Bieksa
Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber

Ryan Miller

The Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
David Perron - Mark Arcobello - Nail Yakupov
Benoit Pouliot - Leon Draisaitl - Teddy Purcell
Matt Hendricks - Boyd Gordon - Steve Pinizzotto

Nikita Nikitin - Jeff Petry
Keith Aulie - Mark Fayne
Andrew Ference - Justin Schultz

Ben Scrivens