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GAME THREAD: Game 22/56 Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks

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Ethan Bear returns to the lineup after being activated earlier today

Toronto Maple Leafs v Edmonton Oilers
Ethan Bear is slated to make his return to the lineup tonight.
Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

Edmonton Oilers (13-8-0, 2nd in North) vs.

Vancouver Canucks (8-13-2, 6th in North)

25 February 2021

Rogers Arena

8 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Nucks Misconduct

Oilers look to complete a two game sweep of the Canucks with a win tonight.

THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR

  • I had Mikko Koskinen penciled in today, but Coach tosses another start to Mike Smith. Smith is 5-0-0 on the season and has exceeded expectations so far. He’ll have the opportunity to make it 6-0 with a solid effort tonight. (Side note: 1987!)
  • Ethan Bear will make his return to the lineup after being out for nearly four weeks with a head injury. The Oilers defence gets that much better for it; here’s hoping he’s with Darnell Nurse sooner than later.
  • KEEPING PACE: A win in regulation tonight will not only send the Canucks to a dismal 2-9-2 record for the month of February, but it will bring the Oilers to within four points of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Oilers will face Toronto in three straight after tonight, and could lead the North division by this time next week if all works out.

Let’s. Go. Oilers.