Canucks At Oilers Preview: War On My Mind

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CANUCKS

OILERS

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AT

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TIME:

Sat. 7:00 PM PST

TV

CBC, RDS 2

SEASON SERIES:

1-0-1 Canucks

LAST MEETING

3-2 Canucks, Feb. 4/13

THE ENEMY

The Copper And Blue

SCORING LEADERS

H. Sedin: 9-22-31

Gagner: 13-18-31

CANUCKS
CATEGORY
AVALANCHE
19-9-6 SEASON RECORD 13-13-7
44 POINTS 33
3rd CONFERENCE POSITION 12th
Won 6
STREAK Won 2
8-2-0 LAST 10 5-3-2
9-4-3 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 6-5-4
2.59 (18) GOALS PER GAVE AVERAGE 2.46 (26)
2.38 (5) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 2.79 (17)
1.17 (7) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 0.75 (27)
13.1 (29) POWER PLAY % 22.1 (6)
81.8 (15) PENALTY KILL % 83.9 (8)
47.1 (27) FACEOFF WINS % 45.3 (30)
337 (21) ROAD HITS / HOME HITS
350 (22)
200 (27) BLOCKED SHOTS 280 (3)
134 (22) MINOR PENALTIES TAKEN 131 (19)
NHL.COM

RT @OctagonHockey: Cory Schneider 6-0 last 6 starts, 0.98GAA and .963% save percentage over the span.

Cory Schneider will get his 7th straight start Saturday night. I know Luongo is showing professionalism about it in front of the media, but this has got to suck for him. Then again, never feel sorry for a multi-millionaire who gets the best seat in the house for Canucks games.

-With the Wild losing on Friday, the Canucks can open up a 4 point lead over them for the NW Division race, as long as we win and the Wild lose to L.A. Saturday night.

-The Oilers are slowly making progress. They are currently only 3 points out of a playoff spot.

PROJECTED ROSTERS

Schneider

Sedin - Sedin - Burrows

Raymond - Schroeder - Hansen

Higgins - Ebbett - Pinizzotto

Sestitio - Lapierre - Gordon

Hamhuis - Garrison

Edler - Bieksa

Alberts - Tanev

FOR THE OILERS:

Dubnyk

Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle

Paajarvi - Gagner - Hemsky

Jones - Horcoff - Yakupov

Petrell - Smyth - Brown

Schultz - Schultz

Smid - Petry

Whitney - Potter

TRENDS

  • Canucks are 18-6 in their last 24 Saturday games.
  • Canucks are 44-15 in their last 59 vs. Northwest.
  • Canucks are 22-8 in their last 30 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Oilers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Oilers are 19-41 in their last 60 games following a win.
  • Oilers are 9-21 in their last 30 home games.
  • Oilers are 8-23 in their last 31 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Oilers are 13-39 in their last 52 Saturday games.
  • More at Covers.com.

A BIT ABOUT THE ENEMY

-The newest Oiler player on the roster is Mike Brown, I believe. I don't know if you remember this, but Mike Brown was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 5th round in 2004. He only played in parts of 2 seasons here before being traded to the Ducks. He has also played for Toronto and was traded to the Oilers on March 4. He is one tough customer. You will notice him immediately out there, smacking guys around. We will most likely see him fighting either Sestito or Pinizzotto. Check out a recent fight he had with Dick Tootoo:

-Remember what it was like when the Canucks were rebuilding? It feels like a long time ago. Here is an Oilers fan's take on their current rebuild status at The Copper and Blue.

SCORE - PREDICTING WIZARDS UPDATE

A lot of point-getters last game, but a special shout out goes to Nathaniel Perlow and team pinnelli, who predicted the correct score, team and GWG scorer (Dank) to score the perfect 3 points.

Twin Terror: 11

Bobby Canuck: 10

FormerHab: 7

Nathaniel Perlow: 7

patrik e: 7

andrew21nz: 6

Meat Mayos: 6

PeaceJo: 6

raincity: 6

gmonk33: 5

acg515: 4

EvianBubble: 4

Geordie Nuck: 4

team pinnelli: 4

BW79: 3

marcness52: 3

pheenster: 3

Sean Zandberg: 3

Vancouverguy: 3

westy99: 3

ChuckinNux: 2

DeathdogIGBL: 2

ktownfan: 2

Sandwich76: 2

seedvt: 2

Tengeresz: 2

Twitchy2010: 2

vancitydan: 2

YorkAveOrca: 2

beardstache: 1

Coach Ryan: 1

dshaps: 1

Kent Basky: 1

KYCanuck: 1

missy: 1

NS_Cix: 1

nucksandpucks: 1

radepalma: 1

Smoboy41: 1

Soundergarden: 1

Tangent: 1

Thursday: 1

ZeeTee: 1

VIDEO

The last time the Canucks and Oilers met, something magical happened:

The title of this game preview post has been brought to you, once again, by Soundgarden, because the Canucks keep winning:

GO CANUCKS GO!

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