GAME DAY: Edmonton @ Vancouver

Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks

07 APR 2012 – 8:10 MDT

Your final game preview of the year awaits after the jump.

Last game of the season? Pic was either going to be Belanger or Petrell. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE

  • Welcome to the last game preview for the next five months.  It’s been another interesting season.  The team’s gotten a little bit better in the standings, but they’re still a far cry away from the second season.  With a win today, the Oilers would finish with 76 points on the season.  Again, it’s better, but not really good.  The Oilers have taken points in seven games of their last ten, going 4-3-3 over that time period.  The Canucks have a chance at the President’s trophy with a win today and a NY Ranger loss.  Vancouver is 7-2-1 in their last ten games.
  • MILESTONE IN REACH:  A huge game would be needed by Eberle to reach 80 points on the season.  Currently at 76 (32G-44A) in 77 GP,  he needs two points to average a full point per game on the season.  Coincidentally, Vancouver’s current leading scorer Henrik Sedin also needs two points to average a point per game on the season.  Ryan Smyth is still just one goal away from 20 on the year.
  • Devan Dubnyk has started eleven of Edmonton’s last thirteen games.  He’s getting the nod again tonight and looks to seal the season with his 21st victory on the year.
  • THE DRAFT DRAWING IS TUESDAY.  IF the Oilers are victorious and the Canadiens lose in regulation, the Oilers will finish 28th overall in the standings by virtue of a Regulation/Overtime Wins tiebreaker.  That means the Oilers would finish third-worst in the overall standings.  And, it would have the potential to trump up their draft day order pretty good.  What I’m saying is:  if it’s 5-1 Canucks at the end of two, don’t be surprised.

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Topics: Devan Dubnyk, Eric Belanger, Jordan Eberle, Nikolai Khabibulin

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