Game Day Preview: Canucks at Oilers at 6pm PT on Sportsnet 650

The Vancouver Canucks (19-25-3) will open a six game road trip when they visit Rogers Place to face the Edmonton Oilers (32-17-2) on Thursday evening. Join me and Corey Hirsch for the call of the action at 6:00pm on Sportsnet 650 and the Sportsnet Radio Network. Satiar Shah, Dan Riccio and Randip Janda will host the Land Rover Pre-Game Show starting at 4:00pm. Sat and Dan will also present the intermissions and the Kintec Footwear and Orthotics Post-Game Show.

Listen to game day coverage on Sportsnet 650 AM or 96.9 HD channel 3. You can also listen online on Sportsnet.ca/650, through the Sportsnet app or stream the game on your smart speaker. Just say, “play Sportsnet 650.”

 

Head-to-Head

Vancouver is 2-5-0 against the Oilers this season. Edmonton has outscored the Canucks 25-16. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each have 14 points in the season series against the Canucks.

 

Stat Pack

The Canucks will look to avoid a seventh straight loss for the first time this season on Thursday. They haven’t lost seven games in a row since an eight game losing streak from November 10-23, 2018. Vancouver has only scored one power play goal in its last six games, going 1-for-11 (9.1%). The Canucks’ penalty kill has been strong of late, conceding two goals during its last 15 shorthanded situations (86.7%). Brock Boeser registered his 200th career point by scoring Vancouver’s lone goal on Tuesday.

Edmonton has won three games in a row after Tuesday’s 4-1 victory in Vancouver. Connor McDavid is on pace for 102 points this season after scoring six points in two games against the Canucks this week. The Oilers can guarantee at least a second place finish in the North Division by picking up a single point against the Canucks on Thursday. Edmonton’s power play has scored more than one power play goal in a game 12 times this season — more than any other team in the league.

 

Who’s Hot

Canucks winger Brock Boeser is on a two-game goal scoring streak. Edmonton’s Connor McDavd has 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in his last nine games.

 

Who’s Cold

Vancouver’s Matthew Highmore has no points in his last 19 games. Oilers winger Kailer Yamamoto doesn’t have a point in his last seven games.

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Key Quotes

“When you do get hemmed in, which kind of happens to both teams a little bit at times, I do think that we’ve played a lot of hockey, and we might be a little bit tired now. When those situations happen, you’re probably out of gas a little sooner.”– Canucks coach Travis Green

 

“Give Vancouver credit. They work hard. They make it hard on you, but in the second period, we ended up getting even, and then we had a couple of power play goals there to push us ahead. We did a lot of things alright. We gave up some chances, probably more than we’d like, but that being said, you go out there, and you do what you have to do to try and win the game.”– Oilers coach Dave Tippett on Tuesday’s win in Vancouver

 

Canucks Tuesday Lines

Pearson – Horvat – Lind

Höglander – Miller – Boeser

Highmore – Graovac – Hawryluk

Vesey – Boyd – MacEwen

 

Edler – Schmidt

Hughes – Hamonic

Rathbone – Myers

 

Demko

Holtby

 

Oilers Tuesday Lines

Draisaitl – McDavid – Puljujarvi

Kahun – Nugent-Hopkins – Yamamoto

Ennis – McLeod – Turris

Archibald – Khaira – Chiasson

 

Nurse – Barrie

Kulikov – Larsson

Lagesson – Bouchard

 

Smith

Koskinen

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