The Vancouver Canucks (19-23-3) will return home to host the Edmonton Oilers (30-17-2) for the first of four straight meetings between the teams on Monday night at Rogers Arena. Corey Hirsch and I will have the call of the game at 7:00pm on Sportsnet 650 and the Sportsnet Radio Network. Satiar Shah, Randip Janda and Dan Riccio will host the Land Rover Pre-Game Show beginning at 5:00pm. Bik Nizzar and Craig MacEwen will present the intermissions, and Sat and Bik will be with you after the game on 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.”
Vancouver is 2-3-0 against Edmonton this season. The two teams will play each other five times in the next 13 days. Leon Draisaitl is the leading scorer in the season series with 10 points (one goal, nine assists).
The Canucks will try to avoid losing five straight games for the first time since a six-game losing streak from February 1-11. Vancouver has only managed to score one power play goal during the current four-game slide, going 1-for-6 (16.7%) in that stretch. The Canucks are one of only three teams in the league that are conceding more than 33 shots per game. Vancouver’s SAT percentage (corsi) sits at 46.8, tied for 26th in the NHL. The Canucks are third in the league in blocked shots per game (14.41).
The Oilers have won three of their last four games after a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Connor McDavid, who leads the NHL with 87 points, is on pace to hit 99 points this season with just seven games remaining on Edmonton’s schedule including five against Vancouver. The Oilers can clinch a playoff spot by earning at least a single point on Monday. Edmonton has the NHL’s second best power play this season, operating at 26.6%. The Oilers have gone 6-for-21 (28.6%) on the man advantage in the season series with Vancouver.
Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes has seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last seven games. Edmonton’s Connor McDavd has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in his last seven games.
Vancouver’s Matthew Highmore has no points in his last 17 games. Oilers winger Kailer Yamamoto doesn’t have a point in his last five games.
– Canucks captain Bo Horvat on Vancouver’s scoring woes
“One goal is not going to cut it. We have to find ways to either get more pucks and bodies towards the net or find ways to get dirtier goals, but at the end of the day, we have to find ways to put more pucks in the net.”
– Oilers coach Dave Tippett on the upcoming series with Vancouver
“You’ll play a team four straight times in a playoff series, but in a regular season it’s certainly different. The whole year has been different with no fans and playing the same teams over and over again. I think by now, we’re hardened to the fact that things aren’t going to be normal, and playing a team four times in a row in the regular season is not normal, but that’s where we’re at.”
Canucks Saturday Lines vs. Toronto
Oilers Saturday Lines vs. Calgary