Canucks At Oilers Preview: My Deja-Vu

My 2nd all-time fave goalie - http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/tag/grant-fuhr/

CANUCKS

SPOILERS

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AT

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TIME:

Sat. 7:00 PM PST

TV

CBC, RDS2

SEASON SERIES:

2-1-1 Canucks

LAST MEETING

4-0 Canucks April 4/13

THE ENEMY

The Copper And Blue

SCORING LEADERS

H. Sedin: 11-34-45

Hall: 16-32-48

CANUCKS
CATEGORY
OILERS
26-14-7 SEASON RECORD 18-22-7
59 POINTS 43
3rd CONFERENCE POSITION 12th
Lost 1
STREAK Won 1
6-3-1 LAST 10 2-8-0
11-8-4 ROAD RECORD / HOME RECORD 8-11-4
2.55 (18) GOALS PER GAVE AVERAGE 2.47 (21)
2.30 (5) GOALS AGAINST PER GAME AVERAGE 2.74 (19)
1.09 (10) 5 ON 5 GF / GA 0.79 (28)
15.4 (23) POWER PLAY % 20.0 (9)
84.2 (8) PENALTY KILL % 83.7 (9)

Deja-vu. I have it. The Canucks played the Oilers in their last game last season as well and beat them 3-0. The Canucks lost their previous game and won the game before that. Same as this season. The biggest deja-vu I have though is the question marks surrounding this team as they head into the playoffs. No, I will not read too much into the snoozefest loss to Anaheim except that it was just that: a snoozefest. Don't these guys want some momentum going into the playoffs? We were asking the same question last season. What was the phrase that many of us used? "Turning on the switch once the playoffs start". Yea, here we go again.

I like that the power play seems remedied.

I like how the PK is generally hummin'.

I like the look of the top 9 forwards.

The D seems to be tightening up.

But I want to see the Canucks kick the shit out of the Oilers in Edmonton for their final game of the season. It's just that you know the Oilers are gonna bring it and be the spoilers (what the f***, Minnesota??). I just don't care. I'd like to see the Canucks go out fighting and send these punks golfing in style.

It's gonna be a hell of a day for hockey. Many final seeds will be determined on the final day of the regular season. How sweet is that? If I'm not mistaken, the Canucks may not know who their first round opponent will be until 9:30 pm PST. FUN!

PROJECTED ROSTERS

Forget about it. I don't know what kind of lineup either team will dress. Well, it seems as though Alain Vigneault will most likely NOT give his players any rest and dress his playoff roster. As for the Oilers...who cares? Just...somebody please smoke Taylor Hall. It will make me very happy.

OH, AND KEVIN BIEKSA WILL PLAY! WOOEE!

Roberto Luongo will play in goal as Cory Schneider (and Chris Tanev) did not make the trip.

TRENDS

  • Canucks are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Canucks are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Canucks are 47-17 in their last 64 vs. Northwest.
  • Canucks are 20-8 in their last 28 Saturday games.
  • Oilers are 37-87 in their last 124 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Oilers are 11-27 in their last 38 home games.
  • Oilers are 14-37 in their last 51 games playing on 0 days rest.
  • Oilers are 13-39 in their last 52 Saturday games.

VIDEO

The last meeting was beautiful:

I miss you, Raffi:

The title of this game preview post has been brought to you by Ace Of Base (yea I went there):

GO CANUCKS GO!

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