The Edmonton Oilers wrap up a disappointing and underacheiving 2013-14 season with a home game that will be the swan song of one of the most legendary and beloved figures in the recent history of the Oilers.
TV: CBC; RADIO: CHED630
This is the 5th meeting of the season between the clubs. Vancouver won the first 3 games, while Edmonton managed to win the last time they met.
Both teams are coming off losses. Edmonton was shut out by Martin Jones and the Kings 4-0 while Vancouver dropped a 4-2 decision to the now conference leading Colorado Avalanche.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jacob Markstrom, VAN – The future of the Canucks in the crease came over from Florida in exchange for Roberto Luongo. He made his first start as a Canuck against the Avalanche and will get a look in the final two games for the Canucks. He would have to be considered the favorite to get the starting job next season for the rebuilding Canucks.
Ryan Smyth, EDM – Who else? This will be Smyth’s night as the guy who personified heart and soul and what Canadian hockey is all about will be playing his final game for the Oilers.
TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME
1. Smyth Pt1 – Smyth is tied with Glenn Anderson for the franchise career lead in power play goals. You can bet he will be parked in front on every power play the Canucks provide and the team will be working hard to set him up for that milestone.
2. Smyth Pt2- Expect cheers from the Rexall faithful every time he is on the ice. The Oilers haven’t given the fans much to cheer about this season so respect will be paid tonight, early and often.
3. Youth Movement - Vancouver will be auditioning several young faces in addition to Markstrom as they are also out of the running for the playoffs. There could be as many as 5 other non-regulars or rookies taking to the ice for Vancouver.