The Edmonton Oilers have game 2 of their schedule on tap tonight when they travel to Vancouver to battle the Canucks. Recently voted as the team that the Oilers have the greatest rivalry with, this game has plenty of story lines outside of the two points that are up for grabs.
Perhaps there is none bigger than the Zack Kassian/Sam Gagner incident that happened back in the pre-season. The unfortunate part is that Kassian won’t be in the lineup to answer the bell that Luke Gazdic will be ringing. Gagner is back on the ice with his teammates but is far from being ready to return to action meaning we’ll have to wait this one out before either player is involved.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be any bad blood or added emotion when the two teams collide, looking for their first win of the season. The Oilers will have plenty of opportunities to remind Kassian that he can’t play recklessly but tonight is all about getting that elusive first win for the team and coach Eakins.
After narrowly losing Tuesday to the Jets, this game is an important one on many levels. The Oilers need to get in the win column and many players can use tonight’s game as a rebound from their subpar performances against Winnipeg. Ryan Smyth and Devan Dubnyk have taken the most criticism and both will look to turn in a much stronger outing against the Canucks.
With that, let’s get to the lineups with the note worthy section to follow.