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Preseason Game 2: Oilers At Canucks Preview

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Kassian!
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Kassian!

GAME TIME: 7:00 PST

TV: NHLN-US, Sportsnet Pacific

CANUCKS' ROSTER

Sedin - Sedin - Kassian

Shinkaruk - Richardson - Hansen

Gaunce - Santorelli - DeFazio

Stuart - Horvat - Jensen

Garrison - Bieksa

Andersson - Mullen

Negrin - Tanev

LA LA LA LUONGO

FOR THE OILERS:

Yes, Twitter is good for something.

Let's see how Kassian performs with the Sedins. John Tortorella may give him a fair bit of time up there. Well, he said he probably would, which makes him a far more patient man than Alain Vigneault, right?

Another shot for Hunter Shinkaruk can only mean good things for him right now.

The Sharks badly out shot the Canucks in game 1 of the preseason. Torts had this to say today:

"The best players in the league aren’t looking to make an extra pass, they’re throwing pucks at the net and it’s something that develops offence. It helps you with puck possession and we had opportunities to shoot the puck the other night and we were looking for something else.

"I’m still evaluating and I’m not going to get caught up because there are going to be mistakes. But I’d like to see us have the puck more and I want us to play well and win the game, but I also need to watch individuals, too, and hopefully it all comes together."

They had better shoot more, because you know the Oilers will. As good as Eddie Lack and Joe Cannata were in game 1, the shot totals were a fair bit deceiving. Yes, the Sharks were owning possession in the O-zone, but the quality of shots out of the 42 they had were not as many as you would think. I think the Canucks' team D is going to be a lot better this year under Torts.