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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks vs Edmonton Apr 8/17

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Just 2 games left, and the Canucks have an opportunity to set themselves up well for the Draft Lottery barring something crazy happening, like beating the Oilers. Tonight is fan appreciation night, and they're giving people Budweiser Red Light glasses. Will drunken Canucks fans start throwing them if they are losing, or if they're winning?

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers

7:00 PM PT - Rogers Arena- Vancouver, BC

TV: CBC - Radio: TSN 1040

To say that the Canucks have suffered from a lot of injuries this season is a mild understatement. The latest blow sees them without Sven Baertschi, who suffered a neck/upper body injury that will keep him out of these last two contests against the Oilers.

Via Left Wing Lock, here's what we should see for lineups tonight:


The Oilers appear to be confident and firing on all cylinders as they make their preparations for the team's first post season appearance in a decade. Not as confident as their media contingent, mind you. We'll leave that for another day. As if the Canucks haven't suffered enough indignities this season, Connor McDavid needs just 3 points over these two games to crack the 100 point plateau. You can see this coming from a mile away. I would not be surprised if he's got it before the 1st intermission.

Healthy, and riding that excitement that's been building all season, it will be interesting to see what they can actually do in the playoffs, but once again, you have to wonder if playing Cam Talbot in either of these meaningless games is a good idea for the Oilers. If he were to get injured, their whole plan goes up in smoke.


Line 2 should be fun to watch tonight, as Reid Boucher and Brock Boeser will skate alongside Bo Horvat with Sven Baertschi out. How long any of these line combos last tonight is going to be fun as well, as with this likely being the last home game for Willie Desjardins, he may just try and go out in a Megna-spattered blaze of 'glory'.

Ryan Miller will start tonight, and they'll also be announcing the team awards post game. You can list your picks for the MVP, Best Defenceman, Unsung Hero and Most Exciting Player down in the comments.


Gonna need a lot of beer to get through these last two, so this song seems fitting...