Edmonton Oilers (18-11-0, 2nd in North) @
Vancouver Canucks (12-16-2, 6th North)
13 March 2021
8 PM MST
Radio: 630 CHED
The Ottawa Senators have given some teams a run for their money this year. The Edmonton Oilers are not one of them. The Oilers defeated the Senators for the seventh time out of seven games, last night’s matchup was a 6-2 victory for the Oilers on home ice. It all started just ten seconds into the first period as Connor McDavid scored his 17th of the year. It didn’t get any easier for the Senators after that. Six different Oilers lit the lamp last night en route to Edmonton’s big victory over Ottawa. Mike Smith picked up his ninth win of the year, and the Oilers bring a four game winning streak to Vancouver for a matchup with the Canucks tonight.
Can the Oilers drive for five?
Let’s go to the tape.
THE OILERS ARE SAYING
It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, it’s not easy to beat them three times, so credit to our group,” McDavid said. “I think it’s good for everyone to get involved offensively.
That’s Oilers captain Connor McDavid on his club’s 6-2 victory over Ottawa last night.
Six different Oilers got in on the goal scoring. McDavid scored just ten seconds into the game and added two assists for a three point night. Now with 50 points in 29 games, McDavid could come close or could break the 100 point barrier in just 56 regular season games.
THE CANUCKS ARE SAYING
”Every team is going to have games like that. We strung a couple of wins together there and we had an off night tonight, but now it’s our job to make sure we don’t string a couple of losses together.”
That’s Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko after his club’s 5-1 loss to the Canadiens on Wednesday evening.
The Canucks were on a three game win streak until Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Oilers. Vancouver has won just 12 of 30 games on the season.
HAVE SOME OF THIS
- COUNT TO TEN: Ever see a puck eat a man? Connor McDavid’s shot just ten seconds into the game last night absolutely ate up Joey Daccord in net. Get the puck on net, see what happens. McDavid’s goal was the start of a three point night. No big deal, right?
- SOMETIMES IT’S THAT EASY: The Canucks have just three wins more than the Senators, which is disheartening if you’re a Canucks fan. What’s holding Vancouver up? It’s pretty simple: they’re 21st in the league in goal scoring and they allow the sixth most goals against. Their success will turn upside down if their numbers do.
- WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER GUYS: Secondary scoring on Vancouver is virtually non-existent. Brock Boeser, J.T. Miller, Quinn Hughes, Elias Petterson and Bo Horvat all have 20+ points on the season. The drop off is precipitous afterwards. Nils Hoglander is the next player with 11 points.
- NET GAINS: Mikko Koskinen is likely for the Oilers tonight (8-9-0, .899 SV% / 3.30 GAA). Thatcher Demko (8-10-1, .914 SV% / 2.87 GAA / 1 SO) is likely for the Canucks, though Braden Holtby (4-6-1, / .893 SV% 3.56 GAA) may make an appearance
- SCRATCHES: Defencman Kris Russell and forward Josh Archibald are day-to-day, while Zack Kassian is close to returning. For Vancouver, forwards Elias Peterrson, Josh Bailey and Tyler Motte are day-to-day for today’s matchup.