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Pre-Season Game Preview #7 - Canucks @ Oilers

Edmonton last home game of the preseason is against those lovable scamps from Vancouver.

Cam Talbot gets the nod tonight.
Cam Talbot gets the nod tonight.
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2-3-1 Ranks 6-0-0
Preseason Preseason
7:00 MDT
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Canucks Misconduct
Watch:  Sportsnet 360
Listen: 630 CHED

Minus Eberle

Edmonton finishes up their home portion of the preseason by facing off against everyone's favourite team from BC. They'll be doing it without one of their top players in Jordan Eberle, who will be out for at least a month after sustaining a shoulder injury in Tuesday's game versus the Coyotes.  Who will help sop up his minutes while he's out?  It might not be who you think.

The Oilers are saying

"Every time you lose a player of that calibre, it hurts your team.  Guys are going to have to step up and fill his role.  He's one of our leaders, he's a tremendous player and we're all going to have to step up and make sure that we cover for him."


That's Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on losing Jordan Eberle from the lineup for the next four to six weeks.

Much has been bandied about concerning Jordan Eberle's ceiling, but there's absolutely no doubt that losing Jordan Eberle for up to six weeks is a tough pill to swallow.  Neon Leon might be the beneficiary of a lineup change, as he was seen skating with Taylor Hall and Connor McDavid on the top line.

The Opponent is saying

"I got in the doghouse and had to crawl my way out of it.  It puts you in a tough spot.  It doesn't matter how many times it happens, it's always going to be in the back of your head.  But if you're going to make a mistake, make it moving your feet or moving up on the fly.  You can't play passive."  Source
That's Canucks defenceman Matt Bartkowski on his 2014-15 season with the Bruins.

After being a regular for much of the first half of the season, Bartkowski was held out of the Bruins' lineup for several clips at a time.  He sat over a month from the end of December to mid-February, but he's looking to bounce back in Vancouver with a new one year deal.

Taylor Hall - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Teddy Purcell
Anton Slepyshev - Anton Lander - Nail Yakupov
Matt Hendricks - Mark Letestu - Rob Klinkhammer

Griffin Reinhart - Eric Gryba
Andrej Sekera - Justin Schultz
Andrew Ference - Nikita Nikitin

Cam Talbot

Have some of this
  • WILL YOU BE ABLE TO SEE THIS GAME? Yes. It's on Sportsnet 360 tonight.  It's not a terrible stream available to those only in Leduc, or maybe not.  It's on TV tonight.  Thank you.
  • ANTON LANDER is a scoring machine, at least in the preseason.  As of yesterday, he led individual preseason scoring with 5 goals.  Not bad for a guy who was waived last year at this time.
  • Speaking of Lander, he'll be paired up with Nail Yakupov on the third line tonight.  Really thought Yakupov would have gotten the bounce with Eberle injured, but it might not be such a bad thing with Lander scoring everything in sight.  He'll be with Slepyshev, who has been a pleasant surprise so far this camp.
  • Cam Talbot is getting the nod tonight for the Oilers.
  • Vancouver: still hasn't won a thing ever.  Sorry, Raffi.