Game 59: Canucks At Oilers Game Preview: Gettin' On Like Ali Boom Ba Yay

CANUCKS

OILERS

AT

Time Sun. 6:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 3-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
3-2 Canucks Jan.24/12
The Enemy The Copper And Blue Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 12-50-62 Eberle: 25-30-55
Canucks
Category Oilers
37-15-6 Season Record 22-29-6
2nd
Conference Position 14th
Won 3
Streak Lost 2
19-9-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
15-9-4
8-0-2
Last 10 5-3-2
+47
Goals For / Against +/- -21
3.16 (3)
Goals Per Game Average
2.60 (16)
2.34 (6)
Goals Against Per Game Average
2.95 (23)
1.19 (6)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.85 (27)
22.4 (1)
Power Play %
21.0 (4)
86.4 (6)
Penalty Kill %
82.6 (13)
51.8 (5)
Faceoffs % 48.5 (25)
1285 (17)
Hits
1070 (26)
701 (27) +
Blocked Shots
836 (14)
406 (20)
Giveaways
667 (2)
375 (19) +
Takeaways
426 (10)
14.1 (28)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.7 (18)
NHL.com

The Canucks have a 7-1 record when playing the first game of a road trip this season. The only loss came against the Oilers back in October. They are 3-4 in the second game of back to backs this season. So, I am guessing that this game won't look like the slaughter that was the Canucks-Leafs on Saturday night. But you never know. The Sedins are back on the scoresheet again and bumped their mini slumps. Each of them is just under a point per game average lifetime vs the Oilers.

The Oilers are playing for 14th spot in the West (haha) and the Canucks can be motivated by keeping pace with the first place Red Wings. Detroit plays San Jose at home (d'oh!) Sunday afternoon. So the Canucks will know by game time if they once again trail the Wings by 4 points.

This is the first of a 6-game road trip for Vancouver, and they have been road warriors of late (5-0-1 in their last 6 away from the Rog.)

Don't forget: Dan Hamhuis: Heart Of A Canuck airs at 9 pm on Sunday night just after the game.

PROJECTED ROSTERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Cory Schneider 21 1139 12 5 43 2.27 597 554 .928 2


Dank Sedin - Hank Sedin - Alexandre Burrows

David Booth - KesLORD -Mason Raymond

Jannik Hansen - Maxim Lapierre -Chris Higgins

Manny Malhotra -Cody Hodgson - Byron Bitz

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa

Alex Edler - Sami Salo

Andrew Alberts - Aaron Rome


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Nikolai Khabibulin 33 1873 12 16 80 2.56 938 858 .915 2

Hall - Gagner - Eberle

Paajarvi - Horcoff - Hemsky

Smyth - Belanger - Jones

Eager- Lander - Petrell

Whitney - Gilbert

Smid - Petry

Sutton - Barker

INJURIES

-Via TSN. No Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) yet. He is close though. Oilers also without Theo Peckham and Corey Potter.

TRENDS

  • Oilers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
  • Oilers are 5-12 in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Oilers are 42-107 in their last 149 vs. Western Conference.
  • Oilers are 16-42 in their last 58 vs. Northwest.
  • Oilers are 3-9 in their last 12 Sunday games.
  • Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 road games.
  • Canucks are 45-15 in their last 60 vs. Northwest.
  • Canucks are 19-7 in their last 26 Sunday games.
  • Canucks are 19-8 in their last 27 games playing on 0 days rest.
  • More at Covers.com.

VIDEO

The last meeting:

Old school: Gretzky scores his 500th NHL goal....against Vancouver:

Rypien vs Stortini:

The title of this preview post is brought to you by the Beastie Boys:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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