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Canucks At Oilers Game Preview: Rubber Match



Time Tues. 6:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Van, Sportsnet-W
Season Series 4-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-1 Oilers (Apr.02/2011)
The Enemy The Copper And Blue Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 41-59-100 Hall: 22-20-42

UPDATE: Vigneault in the Jack Adams race again (TSN)

Another day another near-meaningless game. Since this is a back to back against the Oilers I'm not going to repost all the data. If you want to know who's hot/not, injured, blah blah check out the last game preview here.

I don't care what anyone says, the Canucks mailed it in against Edmonton last game. And apparently they were mailing it in during practice Monday as well, and so coach V yelled, cursed and then had a talk with the boys in the corner. After practice he said basically that he hasn't had to do that much this year and that was a good thing. We'll see if the message sinks in. Sure, the games are practically meaningless but the coach gets it: the Canucks cannot lose out the final 3 games because they have clinched what they need to clinch. You can't do that. No need for bad habits or any chance of any form of doubt to creep into the team chemistry/mindset before heading into the playoffs.

What else matters? Staying healthy and finding chemistry beyond line 1. It's going to be a huge plus having Mikael Samuelsson back for this one. He, Kesler and Higgins have some chemistry to work on. Jeff Tambellini can drop back to the 4th line and bring some speed to that line and hopefully end his offensive futility at some point. Meanwhile, Mason Raymond

will be the 3rd line center going forward and if he and this mates on that line continue the effort we saw last game it's just a matter of time before they cash in. Lines 2, 3 and 4 need to start clicking FAST over the next 3 games. Depth hugely matters in the playoffs.

  • Daniel Sedin has a 6-point lead on Martin St. Louis and a 7-point lead on Corey Perry in the Art Ross race. All 3 players have 3 games left on their schedule. So watch that race closely. Daniel has 5 points in his last 5, St. Louis has 7 points in his last 5, and Perry has a whopping 10 points in his last 5. So this race is far from over. 
  • After the Oilers game the Canucks are no longer the best PK team in the NHL. The god damned Penguins are. The Capitals and Kings are barely behind the Canucks in this category. Does it really matter? No. But like I said you gotta go into the playoffs sharp. Save the big surprises for the cinderella teams.
  • I love having a conch here. It means I get to show off my little boy Liam.

Proverbs 22:6: Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.


2 days after these pics were taken Liam got his first Canucks jersey! Woo! I have to give a shout out to my twin sis Lisa Novakowski for taking the pic. She is a pro photographer in Kamloops and shows off her work at Aspect Arts Photography. I am very proud of her. Same with ShiftyFC. The man has skills.