Canucks v Oilers Preview
Vancouver face off against the Oilers in what will be the first of a two game road trip. Last night the Canucks beat the Devils 3-0 with goals from Torres, Kesler and Henrik Sedin. Luongo started the month of November on the right foot by registering his first shutout of the season.
The good news is that Alex Burrows will return to the line up after spending October on LTIR recovering from a shoulder injury. The bad news is that Vancouver’s road record isn’t quite as impressive as when playing at home. The Canucks are 0-3-1 when they play away; this is obviously an area that needs improvement.
Edmonton last played on Friday 29 October when they beat the Hawks 7-4. The Oilers young guns all contributed to the win, with goals from Hall Eberle and assists from Paajarvi.Special teams are a problem for the home team, the Oilers are 29th in the league when playing short handed with a 70.4 PK percentage.
Players To Watch Vancouver: Daniel Sedin has at least 1 point in 4 of the last 5 games. Henrik Sedin doesn’t just look like his twin he also has a knack of recording similar statistics as his brother. The first line centre remarkably has a point in 4 of the last 5 games he has played in. Alex Burrows will give the Canucks a boost on offense when he plays his first game of the season. With Burrow’s return players like Hansen, Schaefer or Tambellini may eventually be the odd man out.
Players To Watch Edmonton: The kids are all right in oil country, RW Eberle has managed to get on the score sheet during each game since October 21st. Taylor Hall was the first round pick this June for a reason and he has a goal and assist in his last 2 games. Finally Shawn Horcoff may not be a kid but he is leading his team in goal’s scored (4) and is second in points ( 8 ) for Edmonton.
Vancouver will have more than enough opportunities to improve its performance on the road. After playing the Oilers the team will return to Rogers Arena to play the Red Wings on Saturday, then the squad will be away from home until November 20th. A win against the Oilers would not only earn valuable points but also help to bolster the Canucks confidence as the visiting club.
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