April 13, 2012; Vancouver, BC, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings in game two of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Rogers Arena. The Los Angeles Kings won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview - Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks


Let’s play hockey.

Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks

20 JAN 2013 – 7:00 PM MTN / 9:00 PM EST

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HALL / NUGENT-HOPKINS / EBERLE

YAKUPOV / GAGNER / HEMSKY

SMYTH / HORCOFF / HARTIKAINEN

EAGER / BELANGER / PETRELL

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N SCHULTZ / J SCHULTZ

SMID / PETRY

WHITNEY / POTTER

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DUBNYK

DANIS

    • Finally.  It’s been 288 days since the Oilers played their last regular season game, a 3-0 defeat at the hands of these Vancouver Canucks.  Vancouver was headed to the playoffs, Edmonton was headed to a sixth straight year without a second season.  It’s good to see NHL hockey again.  Finally.
    • Oiler Scratches – Peckham (“hip”), Jones (eye), Sutton (knee), Khabibulin (hip/groin)
    • Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz will make their NHL debuts tonight.  Give Yakupov the keys and let him drive us place.
    • The Devan Dubnyk Era has arrived.  Let us be blessed with glove saves and more Capital Power commercials.
    • I’m confident the forwards are going to be just fine.  The blue line is where doubt creeps in.  How much better will the blue line be with Justin Schultz?  Is Whitney anywhere close to pre-2011?  We’ll find out quick.
    • As for the Canucks?  They stunk last night.  Teemu Selanne had a couple of goals in a four point season opener for Anaheim, and the Ducks hung Vancouver out to dry by a score of 7-3.  Goaltender Cory Schneider was chased from the net after yielding his fifth goal on fourteen shots, and Luongo came in for mop up duty.  I’d expect Luongo to get the start tonight.  Vancouver couldn’t throw Schneider back in after last night’s debacle, could they?

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