Not mentioned - Alex Burrows. Photo courtesy NHL.com

Boxing Day Ballyhoo - Oilers @ Canucks Preview

Vancouver is a pretty good team.  Edmonton would like to beat them.  As a matter of fact, I’ve got inside information that they’d like to defeat the Canucks tonight in BC.  Your game preview awaits after the jump.

The Oiler Invasion Continues

Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks – Game 34

26 DEC 2010 – 7:00 MST / 9:00 EST

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Things to look for:

  • This is the third meeting between Vancouver and Edmonton this season, with Vancouver winning both games previous.   A Vancouver victory will vault the Canucks to first place in the Western Conference.  Coach Renney is keeping the same lineup that was in Los Angeles on Thursday for tonight’s game, which isn’t the worst thing I’ve heard all day.  Maybe Stortini will score again tonight, who knows?  Interested to see if Dubnyk will tend the net once again.
  • Speaking of Stortini, the entire club has to be on the ball tonight regarding penalties.  Edmonton simply cannot take any dumb penalties, as Vancouver’s power play (notoriously good this season, first in the league) will likely pick apart Edmonton’s penalty kill (notoriously bad this season, last in the league).  Just don’t take anything lazy,  and make good on the opportunities you have.  Hopefully, the team can amass a few more than twelve shots this game.
  • Big test for Edmonton’s defence tonight.  Ryan Whitney and company will need to give all they can to Vancouver’s offensive plethora.  Sedins aside, there’s a whole lot of firepower on that squad.  Yes, I’m seriously talking about Raffi Torres.
  • Expecting to see Roberto Luongo between the pipes for Vancouver.  Luongo does have two wins versus the Oilers this year, but his individual statistics are not quite Olympic.  Luongo’s .895 SV% in two games this year is likely attributed to Jordan Eberle’s late tally in the twelve shot debacle a few weeks back.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS.

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