The Canucks are back to face the Edmonton Oilers following a couple of days off that was spent taking hilarious pictures. How will they do against the proverbial bottom-feeders of the West? And will we even give a crap considering who is in town on Saturday? Read on to find out.
For the second and final time this season, the Canucks and Hurricanes renewed acquaintances for a Monday night showdown at Rogers Arena. Chris Tanev opened the scoring (wait, what?) early in the first period with a soft wrist shot that must have surprised Carolina goaltender Justin Peters. It’s either that or he thought Tanev was actually Jason Garrison because Tanev’s point shots are about as intimidating as a game against the Edmonton Oilers. Regardless of how it happened, the Canucks once again opened the scoring in the game and held onto to that lead until Jannik Hansen buried the dagger into the open net for the 2-0 win. I’m sure some stuff happened in between but I used up all my creativity on that Oilers burn. Speaking of which…
The Edmonton Oilers and their fitness obsessed coach (how’s that working out for you Dally?) roll into Vancouver for their first meeting of the season against the Canucks. The Oilers have, as expected, sucked this year and sit dead last in the Western Conference with 25 points. The young guns haven’t been able to help the Oilers meet the lofty expectation of pushing for a playoff position (Pssst. Don’t tell them it’s because their line up isn’t balanced). Still, Edmonton can on occasion destroy teams offensively if all the stars align so this game shouldn’t be a write off for the Canucks. However, the Oilers could be distracted by a shiny object trying to get the disturbing Zack Kassian back for his disturbing and completely intentional slash to Sam Gagner’s face.
According to the lines at practice this morning, there won’t be much change from the last game. Sestito is still out with a “body injury“. Luongo gets the start.
D. Sedin – H. Sedin – Hansen
Higgins – Kesler – Santorelli
Booth – Richardson – Kassian
Welsh – Dalpe – Weise
Hamhuis – Tanev
Stanton – Bieksa
Alberts – Garrison
1.The Disturbing Zack Kassian
I really think this will amount to nothing. The Oilers could go after him but I doubt they are that stupid. Hopefully Dallas Eakins is smart enough to understand that concentrating your efforts on the other teams third line winger probably isn’t going to get you many wins in this league. While pretty much out of the playoff race already, the Oilers still have a chance to regain their dignity and make a solid run.
2. Stay Focused
I wrote about this earlier this year when the Canucks had a back to back situation against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks. Although John Tortorella and Henrik Sedin have come out and said they aren’t thinking about the Bruins, Dale Weise blew their cover. We all know Saturday Night’s game against Boston is massive and I’m sure the players are salivating at the thought of another rematch. I just hope they remember that the two points against the Oilers are as important as the two points against the Bruins in the standings.
3. Bobby Lu
Roberto Luongo getting the start in this game was a bit of a surprise. Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins is obviously his game, especially because the dearly departed Corey Schneider was given the start the last time. So why not give this game to Eddie Lack? He’s coming off a shutout and his confidence is at an all time high. I don’t really mind Luongo playing both games this weekend, but hopefully he doesn’t wear himself out on the Oilers when we really need him going for the Bruins.
There is no way I’m betting against the Canucks. Not just because they are playing great at the moment, but because it’s the Oilers. Canucks win 4-2. Something pisses Dallas Eakins off and he says something stupid.