Game 9: Canucks At Oilers Preview: BOOOOOOTH!

CANUCKS
OILERS

AT

Time Tues. 6:30 PM PST
TV Sportsnet-Pac
Season Series  1 - 0 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Canucks (Oct.15/11)
The Enemy The Copper And Blue Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 4-8-12 The Nuge: 5-2-7
Canucks
Category Oilers
4-3-1 Season Record 3-2-2
6th
Conference Position 9th
Won 2
Streak Won 1
2-2-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
3-1-1
-
Last 10 -
-1
Goals For / Against +/- +1
2.75 (13)
Goals Per Game 1.71 (30)
2.75 (20)
Goals Against Per Game 1.43 (2)
0.93 (16)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.86 (22)
21.4 (7)
Power Play %
17.2 (13)
83.8 (16)
Penalty Kill %
90.6 (5)
100
Winning % When Scoring First 25.0
100
Winning % When Leading After 1 0
100
Winning % When Leading After 2 33.3
53.2 (5)
Faceoffs % 50.9 (8)
15.4 (22)
PIM's Per Game Average
16.1 (24) 
NHL.com

STARTING GOALTENDERS (Projected)


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Roberto Luongo 5 303 2 2 16 3.17 130 114 .877 0


Nikolai Khabibulin

#35 / Goalie / Edmonton Oilers

6-1

206

Jan 13, 1973



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Nikolai Khabibulin 4 250 2 0 3 0.72 97 94 .969 1


ROSTERS (Unofficial)

CANUCKS

Daniel-Henrik-Burrows

Booth-Kesler-Higgins

Malhotra-Hodgson-Hansen

Volpatti-Lapierre-Weise

Ballard-Bieksa

Hamhuis-Edler

Salo-Alberts

OILERS

Hall-The Nuge-Eberle

Smyth-Horcoff-Jones

Paajarvi-Belanger-Gagner

Eager-Lander-Petrell

Whitney-Potter

Smid-Gilbert

Sutton-Barker

KNOW THY ENEMY

-The resurgence of Nikolai Khabibulin. (Oilers home site). Khabby has been superb for the Oilers. He has a 0.72 GAA (1st in the NHL with goalies having played more than 1 game), and a .969 save percentage (2nd in the NHL with goalies who have played more than 1 game). Devan Dubnyk has been solid as well. Just...not against the Canucks.

-The only game in which the Oilers allowed more than 2 goals against was in their 4-3 loss to the Canucks on October 15. So while they are surprisingly 30th in the League in goals for, they are taking care of business in their own end as well.

-Ben Eager should be in the lineup this time around. Whatever. But the Oilers will have Ryan Whitney playing for them this time against the Canucks. Whitney is the horse. The quarterback. The point-getter. Oh, and add Sam Gagner to the list. So this is a better Oilers squad than what we saw last meeting.

CANUCKS MISC

-The Canucks' special teams is slowly improving as the games go on. 5 on 5? Not so much.

-All eyes will be on the newbie David Booth. Line 2 is going to be a thrill to watch. Now let's see how long it takes Booth to get going.

-Intriguing is Cody Hodgson being demoted to the 3rd line with the arrival of Booth and the stellar efforts of Chris Higgins. Cody on a checking line. Let's see how he does there. He was benched for much of the Canucks' last game, a 4-3 win over the Wild.

VIDEO

-David Booth talks about joining the Canucks and leaving his team and family back in Florida. (hat tip to Shand for the Fan Shot)

The last Canucks-Oilers outing:

 

In cased you missed Stanchion's Ballard-Hordichuk video excellence:

The title of the post is brought to you by Nirvana "Lithium":

COCONUTS!

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KICK SOME ASS!

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