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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks vs Oilers

Another strong performance from Eddie Lack, signs of life from the Alex's and a sweet shorty from Nick Bonino helped the Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Oilers the other night. With the opening night roster near completion, the two teams meet again at Rogers Arena to close out the preseason.

Kassian, trying to kill another Oiler. So dirty...
Kassian, trying to kill another Oiler. So dirty...
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Time Saturday, 7:00 PM
TV Sportsnet One
Season Series (2013/14)
Last Meeting
2-1 Canucks Oct 2/14
The Enemy Copper & Blue Scoring Leaders Vey 2-3-5
Nugent-Hopkins 2-2-4

The Canucks, having sent Cal O'Reilly and Hunter Shinkaruk down to Utica, are just about set as far as the lineup they'll start the season with goes. There are still questions as to whom will be slotting in with whom. The only line that (for now at least) is set in stone would be the Sedins with Radim Vrbata. Bonino & Burrows are going to be on the 2nd line, but who is going to be on the other wing is where the questions start. Chris Higgins? Zack Kassian? Linden Vey? I suppose having choices and options can be a good thing, and it could be a situation where starting out there's some flexibility in placements depending on the opponent.

Either way, the Canucks have 2 more cuts to make by Tuesday, while they're at the 23 man limit right now, that's not counting Bo Horvat and Frank Corrado, both injured at the moment. There's a possibility that the Canucks will be without a couple regulars tonight, according to the Vancouver Sun. Kevin Bieksa didn't skate yesterday, and Tom Sestito left practice early after an issue with his neck.

The Oilers meanwhile, are still very much auditioning players for roster spots in this last game of the preseason, which means you will see Leon Draisaitl and Bogdan Yakimov trying to make one last impression on coach Dallas Eakins. It also means some of Edmonton's face punchers will be doing their level best to try and create situations where they can display their marginal skills, also something something Zack Kassian. Watch for guys like Acton, Pinizzotto and Nurse looking to stir it up, and expect a response if they try and run Ryan Miller the way they did Eddie Lack Thursday night. The Oilers will be leaving Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall behind in Edmonton tonight, and Miller will face Ben Scrivens in net.


One of the bigger metal stories this year is the return of Seattle's SANCTUARY. They released two albums, the first one being produced by Dave Mustaine, before disbanding, with some of the members forming NEVERMORE. They're back now, with most of the original lineup (along with former FORCED ENTRY guitarist Brad Hull) and will be releasing 'The Year The Sun Died' on Century Media Oct 14th.