GAME DAY: Vancouver Canucks @ Edmonton Oilers

Vancouver Canucks @ Edmonton Oilers

15 OCT 2011 – 8:00 MDT

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Tonight’s lines and some notes follow the jump.  Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me.

These lines come courtesy of Dan Tencer.  Thanks, Dan.

F

Taylor Hall / Ryan Nugent-Hopkins / Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smyth / Shawn Horcoff /Ryan Jones
Magnus Paajarvi / Eric Belanger / Linus Omark
Darcy Hordichuk / Anton Lander / Lennart Petrell

D

Ladislav Smid / Tom Gilbert
Andy Sutton / Corey Potter
Cam Barker /  Theo Peckham

G

Devan Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin

  • For the first two games, I’ve been checking out the ‘Current Lines’ tab over at the Oilers official website.  They’ve been accurate as far as who’s played where…for the first two games.  Then I see this…

Screen cap from Oilers.NHL.com

You can imagine my surprise when I saw this around 11 o’clock today.  With some help from @TomGazzola and @GenePrincipe, it’s been determined that Whitney is aiming for a Tuesday return.  Smid is going to be in the lineup tonight, and Corey Potter is going to replace Jeff Petry.  Still got pretty excited seeing Whitney’s name on the board.  Good to know he’s aiming for a couple of days from now.

'Not Too Worried'

  • Glad to see they’ve gotten a handle on the issues with BlackBerry.  I’ve seen Ales Hemsky play hockey before, and he’s a really good hockey player when he gets the chance.  Problem is, injuries derail what could have been many a fine season for this guy, and it appears that I’m more worried about Hemsky’s shoulder status than Tom Renney is.  Hemsky had an MRI yesterday and will be out for tonight’s game.  Principe also reports that Sam Gagner will be back within a week, and Ben Eager’s status is evaluated after each practice.
  • Devan Dubnyk is your number one between the pipes tonight.  Both Dubnyk and Khabibulin had great games so far this season.  Would be surprised if Renney didn’t go 50/50 with both guys until someone has one of ‘those’ games.
  • After sitting out last game, Linus Omark is back on the third line.  Get a goal tonight.  Get two.  And yes, Ryan Jones has made it to the second line to replace Ales Hemsky.  At this rate, he’ll be on line one by Tuesday.  Horcoff and Belanger have swapped back to their original slots on opening day.
  • The Canucks are expected to go with Roberto Luongo between the pipes.  Luongo has had a shaky start to the season, allowing eight goals on 55 shots.  Let’s give him a big Rexall welcome tonight.

TONIGHT’S PREDICTION

What if the hurricane was called ‘Hurricane Dubnyk’?

OILERS 6

CANUCKS 4

GOILERS

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Topics: Ales Hemsky, Ben Eager, Devan Dubnyk, Eric Belanger, Jordan Eberle, Linus Omark, Nikolai Khabibulin, Ryan Jones, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff

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