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Oilers look to spoil Vancouver’s home opener

NHL: Preseason-Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks
Hockey Night In Vancouver
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Edmonton Oilers (1-0-0) @

Vancouver Canucks (0-0-0)

Rogers Arena

07 October 2017 - 800 MDT

TV: CBC

Radio: 630 CHED

Edmonton looks to play spoiler in Vancouver’s season debut

EDMONTON

Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Zack Kassian

Drake Caggiula - Ryan Strome - Jussi Jokinen

Jujhar Khaira - Mark Letestu - Iiro Pakarinen

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson

Kris Russell - Matt Benning

Darnell Nurse - Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

FOR THE OILERS

  • After just over six and one-half minutes of ice time on Wednesday, Kailer Yamamoto will be a healthy scratch tonight. The right side is wafer-thin right now, and because of that I’m a little surprised that McLellan is putting him in the press box after just one game and six minutes of ice.
  • Iiro Pakarinen will draw in on the fourth line, while Zack Kassian will replace Yamamoto on line two.
  • The Oilers have recalled Anton Slepyshev from Bakersfield. Don’t expect to see much of him tonight, but an appearance against Winnipeg on Monday is likely in the cards.
  • Do the Oilers get any secondary scoring tonight? Will they need it?

FOR VANCOUVER

  • Scoring is going to come at a premium for Vancouver this year. If they’re to succeed, they’ll need to get mileage from the top line, which will Sedin twins along with free agent newcomer Thomas Vanek.
  • After skating as an extra in yesterday’s skate, Jake Virtanen will slot in at the third right wing spot for Vancouver. Virtanen had a strong preseason with six points (4-2-6) in six games.
  • That’s A Third Pair™ of Ben Hutton and Troy Stecher. Should be fun to watch. Yeah.