Vancouver Canucks (31-40-10) (7th, Pacific)
Edmonton Oilers (35-40-6) (6th, Pacific)
8 PM MT
Radio: 630 CHED
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The Edmonton Oilers snapped a five game losing streak when they defeated the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night by a 4-3 score. Connor McDavid had three assists, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his 23rd of the year and Cam Talbot picked up his 30th win of the season.
The Oilers will try for their 36th win of the season in their final game of 2017-18. They will say goodbye to a formidable duo tonight, as Henrik and Daniel Sedin will play their final game in the NHL.
Let’s go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
“I don’t think anybody is missing the fact that he’s been a dominant player, night in and night out. The odd, tough game when you have to really fight through that checking line or that checking pair, but man, he’s been a tremendous spark plug for our team and most of our offense runs through him.”
That’s Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on his generational talent Connor McDavid.
McDavid scored three points in Thursday night’s 4-3 win. McDavid leads the scoring race with 106 points. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov trails by six at 100.
The Canucks are saying
“I was so tired, but when you have this crowd, I think it just keeps you going. It wins you games, I think. I hope as the team gets better, the fans will fill the building again, because when the building is full, it’s a great building to play in”
That’s Canucks forward Daniel Sedin after Vancouver’s 4-3 OT victory over Arizona on Thursday night.
Daniel Sedin scored the OT winner, Henrik had an assist. Hollywood couldn’t’ve written a better ending to the game.
Have some of this
"We're fortunate they're going to play their last game in Edmonton. I know they've been mortal enemies here but we've been able to appreciate their skill." Coach McLellan on tomorrow's Sedin @NHL finale— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 6, 2018
- Seventeen years of Sedins: Daniel with 1041 points, Henrik with 1071. Good luck in your future endeavours. I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t want Connor to score four goals tonight.
- The Oilers found a power play goal the other night. In 208 attempts, the Oilers have scored just 30 goals, or a 14.4% success rate.
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is back and better than ever. His 23rd goal in 61 games puts him at 46 points on the year.
- MISC: The Canucks have a ninth ranked power play (21.8%). Who’s heading that up? The injured Brock Boeser has 23 points, but Henrik has 23 and Daniel Sedin has 17. Vancouver will need to have a busy offseason to replace these two.
- Give me some more Jesse Puljujarvi on the second line. Leon and Jesse looked good together, and I want about ten more games of it.
- Keegan Lowe will get in one more time this season. He had 13 minutes of ice time against the Golden Knights.
- SICK BAY: Oscar Klefbom (shoulder) is out for the season. Andrej Sekera (knee) is also out. Yohann Auvitu (foot) is day-to-day. The Canucks are without defencemen Erik Gudbranson (shoulder), Brock Boeser (back) and forwards Sven Baertschi (shoulder), Loui Eriksson (ribs), Markus Granlud (ankle) and Derek Dorsett (back).
- This is it, you guys. Offseason comes quick. Be ready.