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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Game Twenty Four- Canucks vs Edmonton

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Drastic line-shuffling is next on the agenda, as the team who have won 2 of their last 12 try to end the month on a positive note.

NHL: FEB 23 Oilers at Canucks Photo by Devin Manky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (8-13-2) vs EDMONTON OILERS (13-8-0)

ROGERS ARENA- VANCOUVER, BC

7:00PM PST

TV: SPORTSNET. RADIO: SPORTSNET 650

OPPOSING BLOG: COPPER & BLUE

The Canucks have had a number of demoralizing losses so far this season, but that one on Tuesday was absolutely brutal. Having the Oilers spot you a 3-0 lead and walking out of there with absolutely nothing to show for it is as bad as it gets. And it’s leading to the Canucks trying to urgently shake things up in an attempt to salvage their season. Or maybe they’re trying to save Travis Green’s job? Same thing, really.

The same old issues continue to plague this team: Breakdowns, giveaways, less than average goaltending and ill timed penalties. All of these contributed to the loss on Tuesday, as they had the Oilers down by 3 and let them get up off the canvas. I suppose the sad part was that you could really feel the collapse coming. As Canucks fans, knowing when the worst is about to happen is in our DNA.

LINEUPS

Courtesy of nhl.com, here’s what the lineups should look like tonight:

Oilers projected lineup

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — Connor McDavid — Jesse Puljujarvi

Dominik Kahun — Leon Draisaitl — Kailer Yamamoto

Tyler Ennis — Jujhar Khaira — Josh Archibald

Patrick Russell — Gaetan Haas — Alex Chiasson

Darnell Nurse — Tyson Barrie

Kris Russell — Adam Larsson

Caleb Jones — Evan Bouchard

Mike Smith

Mikko Koskinen

Scratched: Devin Shore, James Neal, Kyle Turris

Injured: Slater Koekkoek (collarbone), Zack Kassian, (undisclosed), Ethan Bear (undisclosed), William Lagesson (upper body)

Canucks projected lineup

Nils Hoglander — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Jake Virtanen

J.T. Miller — Brandon Sutter — Adam Gaudette

Antoine Roussel — Jay Beagle — Jayce Hawryluk

Alexander Edler — Nate Schmidt

Quinn Hughes — Travis Hamonic

Jordie Benn — Tyler Myers

Thatcher Demko

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Zack MacEwen, Olli Juolevi

Injured: Justin Bailey (upper body), Tyler Motte (undisclosed), Micheal Ferland (head)

As you can see, TG’s had the line blender working harder than the Vitamix at your neighbourhood pub on Cinco De Mayo. I like the idea of taking a look at Hoglander on the top line if for no other reason than the kid has earned this shot. And look, it’s another edition of Jake Virtanen: Top 6 Winger. We also see J.T. Miller bumped to the 3rd line and Zack MacEwan gets bumped for the debut of Jayce Hawryluk! Rejoice! The season is saved! Or not. We should also see Travis Hamonic back in to play alongside Quinn Hughes. Demko will go in net tonight, and while it’s saying Mike Smith, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mikko Koskinen get the start for the Oilers.

GAME DAY CHATTER

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

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