19 FEB 2012 – 7:00 MDT
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Tonight’s lines come courtesy of 630 CHED. Thanks!
Lines come courtesy of 630 CHED. Thanks!
Taylor Hall – Sam Gagner – Jordan Eberle
Magnus Paajarvi – Shawn Horcoff – Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth – Eric Belanger – Ryan Jones
Ben Eager – Anton Lander – Lennart Petrell
Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry
Ryan Whitney – Tom Gilbert
Andy Sutton – Cam Barker
“If we look up at the clock 30 minutes into the game and the score is tied and the shots are low, we’ll be in a good position.” – Krueger
— Edmonton Oilers (@NHL_Oilers) February 19, 2012
“If we look up after 30 minutes and we’ve got more goals than Vancouver, we’ll be in a good position”. -Jeff Chapman, Editor of Oil On Whyte
After dropping a 3-1 decision to Colorado, the Oilers look to rebound tonight against a hot Vancouver team. Canucks are coming off a big 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. Oilers are 5-3-2 over their last ten games, while Vancouver is 8-0-2 over the same length of time. Canucks lead the Oilers 3-1 on the season series.
- Other than the goaltenders, don’t look for any changes in the lines. Nikolai Khabibulin is expected to get the nod tonight. He’ll look for his thirteenth win on the season (12-16-5, 2.56 GAA, .915 SV%). If Khabibulin can keep his .915 SV% throughout the end of this season, it’ll be his second highest SV% since 2001-02 while he was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. For all of the trouble I’ve given Khabibulin over the past few seasons, that would be a remarkable statistic if held.
- Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin has 50 assists to go along with 12 goals. Add those together, and you’ve got 62 points, or enough to lead the Canucks in scoring. Brother Daniel is right behind with 59 points (25-34-59). Goes without saying, but these guys are kind of important, and it would be wise if Cam Barker and Andy Sutton developed a strategic missile defence plan in order to help bail out Khabibulin tonight.
- Your top five active Oilers in scoring…
- Jordan Eberle – 55 points (25-30-55) in 53 GP
- Taylor Hall – 42 points (20-22-42) in 47 GP
- Sam Gagner – 37 points (13-24-37) in 50 GP
- Ryan Smyth – 36 points (16-20-36) in 57 GP
- Shawn Horcoff – 28 points (10-18-28) in 57 GP
* RNH has 35 points in 40 games, but has been held out of the line recently due to a shoulder injury.
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