Bits And Pieces - Oilers @ Canucks Preview

A lot more went on yesterday at the Joey Moss Cup yesterday than I thought would have.  I realize that there are a lot of guys fighting for maybe what would boil down to one half dozen roster spots, but the amount of physical play I saw on the ice was a lot more than I had expected.  Hall-Horcoff-Hemsky was easily the line of the night, and goaltenders Gerber, Deslauriers and Dubnyk all yielded zero goals.

Now, onto the battle.

Louder than bombs, here are your Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks – 22 SEP 10  Preseason Game 1/6

8:00 MST / 10 EST

Giroux – Horcoff – Eberle

Hartikainen – O’Marra – McDonald

Stewart – Moran – Stortini

MacIntyre – Vande Velde – Ondrus

Whitney – Petry

Peckham – Vandermeer

Chorney – Taylor

Gerber
Dubnyk
Olivier Roy was sent back to Acadie-Bathurst of the QMJHL after last night’s game, Martin Gerber will get the nod to start tonight according to the Oilers website.  Both Gerber and Dubnyk allowed zero tallies last night, but you can bet that Gerber will be getting a workout against the Canucks.  The Sedins will be fronting the top line for Vancouver, and don’t be surprised to see Roberto Luongo start this one out.

Things to look for:

  • Alexandre Giroux – This will be the first game Giroux appears in for Edmonton against another squad, and it’ll be interesting to see how he meshes with Horcoff and the rookie Eberle.  Giroux has been known as an standout AHL player with just a handful of games in the NHL.  He’ll be fighting to earn a roster spot.
  • Martin Gerber –  He’ll get the start tonight, and the salty vet will be tested especially against Vancouver’s top line.  If Gerber pitches a solid effort, you’ll begin to hear whispers that he belongs on the big club.
  • The Edmonton Defence – Yes, we’re looking at the big picture here.  After Whitney and Vandermeer, the amount of NHL experience on this line can be counted on a few hands.  Let’s hope Chorney has learned a couple of things during the offseason, and Peckham is as truculent as ever.  Speaking of truculence, Steve MacIntyre is in the lineup.  MacIntyre’s truculence is on a whole other level than Peckham.

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