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GAME PREVIEW: Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks

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Vancouver plays their second in as many days, Oilers looking for a win against a division rival in BC

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (18-12-3) (4th, Pacific)

Vancouver Canucks (15-16-4) (6th, Pacific)

8:00 PM MST

Rogers Area

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Nucks Misconduct

KEEP IT ROLLING

  • Connor McDavid had a three point night, Mikko Koskinen turned aside nearly everything he saw come his way. The Oilers picked up two more points on Thursday evening with a win over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. They’ll try to keep the tingly feelings going with a visit to Vancouver, where a Pacific Divison matchup happens later this evening with the Canucks. The Oilers currently hold the first wild-card spot in the division, can they jump back to the top three with a win today?

Let’s go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

“Yeah. There’s no question. I think there’s a lot of things that Peter hasn’t gotten credit for . He’s really started to build. You’re starting to see some of them come up now with the Jonses and the Bouchards. We have a lot of assets, which this organization hadn’t had for a while...”

Source (emphasis mine)

That’s Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson when asked if Peter Chiarelli’s job was safe should the Oilers make the playoffs in 2018-19

The club is doing great over the last 12 games! Give Chiarelli a lifetime contract while you’re out there. Foolish.

I get that Nicholson has to get behind his guy, but this makes the Oilers look like someone on a deserted island who promised his soul in exchange for a litre of water. Playoffs are a low bar when you’ve got the greatest player in the world on your roster. But, here we are. A statement like the one made from Bob Nicholson would have sent me into a flying rage two years ago. At least now I know what I’m in to.

The Canucks are saying

I don’t think it was our best hockey, but we found a way to get it done, and I think that’s encouraging

Source

The Canucks took care of the Flyers last night, just like the Oilers did on Thursday. Vancouver hung a five spot on Philadelphia, who can’t seem to get anything going on their season.

Have some of this

  • Elias Petterssen is goofy good. The 20 year old from Sundsvall has 34 points (16-18-34) in 29 games so far this season. Oilers will have their hands full with this one.
  • Divisional game? The Oilers need to be ready for this one. Vancouver is coming off a win over Philadelphia last night, they/ll certainly not be running on 100% rest. Edmonton needs to blow the doors off from the first shift on.
  • Successful finger surgery for defenceman Oscar Klefbom is going to keep him out of the lineup until at least February. All eyes should be on Edmonton’s defence to see what they’re going to go with from here until then. The Kevin Gravel - Caleb Jones / Jason Garrison - Matt Benning pairings could be on display in the near future.
  • NET GAINS: Mikko Koskinen will look for his twelfth win of the season as he will likely get the start tonight (11-3-1, .930 SV% / 2.20 GAA / 3 SO). On the tail end of a back-to-back, the Canucks are likely to go with Anders Nilsson (3-6-1, .901 SV% / 2.91 GAA)
  • SICK BAY: Defencemen Andrej Sekera (ankle), Oscar Klefbom (finger) and Kris Russell (undisclosed) are unable to go for the Oilers. For Vancouver, Erik Gudbranson (upper body) is day-to-day.