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GAME THREAD: Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks

Lots of changes in the lineup prior to tonight’s game

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Edmonton Oilers
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Edmonton Oilers (16-8-3) 1st, Pacific vs

Vancouver Canucks (12-10-4) 5th, Pacific

01 December 2019

Rogers Arena

800 PM MST

TV: CBC, Sportsnet

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Nucks MIsconduct

Lots happened in last night’s 5-2 loss.


  • Connor McDavid had a hand in on both Oiler goals. McDavid had Edmonton’s first goal (too bad they were down 2-0 already), and he assisted on Zack Kassian’s 9th of the year to tie it up early in the second period at 2-all. Great!

That about wraps it up for the good.


  • Mike Smith did not have a good night, again. Smith yielded five goals on 38 Vancouver shots, and is out day-to-day with an injury. How was he able to sustain an injury and finish the game?
  • The Oilers went down 3-2 after Tanner Pearson’s second goal. I’m a little old fashioned, but maybe goaltenders shouldn’t be remaining in the net after they’ve injured themselves, hey?
  • Now’s the time for Mikko Koskinen to get some consecutive starts in. I wrote about how it was time for Mikko Koskinen to start receiving a little bit more work. With Smith out for the interim, it now becomes more of a necessity than a want. Smith hasn’t had a great run recently, it’s time for Mikko Koskinen to snatch the starter’s position.
  • Goaltender Stuart Skinner has been recalled after Mike Smith’s day-to-day designation.
  • ALSO OUT: Zack Kassian is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Joakim Nygard will likely draw back in during Kassian’s absence. Nygard has been a healthy scratch for the last three games.
  • MATT’S BACK: Matt Benning is back after a handful of games off. He’ll be on the third pair with Caleb Jones. Kris Russell is out as he is back in Edmonton for the birth of his second child.

Ugly game all around on Saturday. The Oilers are currently first in the Pacific and it’s December 1st. Arizona is just one point behind them with an equal amount of games played. Can the Oilers bounce back with a big two points tonight?