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OILERS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Fri. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac
Season Series  3-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
3-2 Canucks (Dec.26/10)
The Enemy The Copper And Blue Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 22-28-50 Penner: 12-55-27
Oilers
Category Canucks
13-19-7 Season Record 26-8-5
15th
Conference Position 1st
Won 1
Streak Won 7
6-8-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
14-3-2
2-6-2
Last 10 9-0-1
-32
Goals For / Against +/- +38
2.54 (21)
Goals Per Game 3.41 (2)
3.23 (30)
Goals Against Per Game 2.41 (5)
0.80 (25)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.30 (4)
14.6 (26)
Power Play %
24.5 (2)
75.0 (30)
Penalty Kill %
85.3 (5)
25.6 (29)
Shots Per Game 31.1 (13)
33.8 (26)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.2 (17) 
53.3 (29)
Winning % When Scoring First 88.0 (2)
75.0 (16)
Winning % When Leading After 1 95.0 (1) 
63.6 (30)
Winning % When Leading After 2 90.5 (14) 
44.9 (29)
Faceoffs % 56.2 (1)
14.2 (22)
PIM's Per Game 11.8 (11) 
NHL.com

-Update: From Kristin Reid on Twitter: Bolduc out Volpatti in. Gotta match that Oilers goon presence. Apparently Glass will play center.

-Update: Oilers' forward lines (FYI): Hall-Gagner-Hemsky; Penner-Cogliano-Brule; Paarjarvi-Reddox-Omark; Jones-Fraser-Stortini. Canucks roster stays the same. (h/t Ian Walker.)

-It's amazing to look at how bad the Oilers are in the major statistical categories above, but all 3 Canucks victories over Edmonton this season have only been by 1 goal. They play the Canucks hard, or do they? Not always. The Canucks have outshot the Oilers 92-58 in their 3 meetings. In their 2-1 win over them on December 12, the Oilers only managed 12 shots (1 in the 3rd period). In their last meeting the Oilers had a 2-0 lead until late in the 2nd period this happened:

The Canucks came back in the 3rd and won.

In their first matchup of the season on November 2,  the Oilers erased a 3-0 Canucks lead but there was a former Oiler who was not to be denied:

-Vancouver is 10-1 against Northwest Division teams.

-Raffi Torres has 3 goals and 1 assist against the Coil this season.

-Kevin Bieksa has 1 goal and 3 assists.

-The Sedins have a combined 7 points.

-Dustin Penner has 1 goal and 2 assists against the Canucks this season.

-Taylor Hall has no points and 7 shots.

-Jordan Eberle has 1 goal and 3 shots.

 

PROJECTED STARTING GOALIES


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Cory Schneider 11 588 7 0 24 2.45 308 284 .922 0


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Nikolai Khabibulin 26 1490 8 16 84 3.38 824 740 .898 2



WHO'S HOT/COLD

CANUCKS

Hot

-Henrik Sedin: 3 goals and 10 assists in his last 8 games played

-Daniel Sedin: 6 goals and 6 assists in his last 8.

-Ryan Kesler: 8 goals and 8 assists in his last 10.

-Alexandre Burrows:1 goal and 3 assists in his last 2 games.

Cold

-Mikael Samuelsson: 0 points in his last 5 games.

-Manny Malhotra: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 12 games.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 4 games. 9 shots in those 4 games. 5 of them came against San Jose.

OILERS

Hot

-Sam Gagner: 2 goals and 6 assists in his last 9 games.

-Ales Hemsky: 1 goal and 4 assists in his 5 games since returning from injury.

-Dustin Penner: 2 goals and 5 assists in his last 6 games.

 

Cold

-Jordan Eberle: 1 assist in his last 6 games.

-Taylor Hall: 1 goal in his last 6 games.

 

INJURIES

CANUCKS

-Rick Rypien (personal-out indefinitely)

OILERS                            

-Ryan Whitney (ankle- out indefinitely) That is a huge loss. Whitney is a team high +13...on a lousy team.

-Jordan Eberle (ankle-day-to-day)

-Shaun Horcoff (knee-out indefinitely)

VIDEO

Wayne Gretzky scored his 500th goal against:

Sometimes I miss Rick Rypien..

Sometimes I miss Rick Rypien Part 2:

Go Canucks!