Game Six Preview – Oilers vs Canucks: We won, baby!

GAME SIX VS VANCOUVER

Edmonton Oilers v Vancouver Canucks

TALE OF THE TAPE HOMETOWN HOCKEY EDITION:

Game: Edmonton Oilers (1-4-0) @ Vancouver Canucks

Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada

Time: 7:00 PM MT

Where to find it: TV: Sportsnet, Radio: 630 CHED


Yesterday, I received the unfortunate news of my grandpa’s passing. Even though he was a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, today’s post goes out to him.


Edmonton Oilers Preview:

If you read any of my previews here, you’d remember what yesterday’s post was about. “Just win, baby” was the theme, and they did just that. I haven’t been that excited watching an Oilers game in a real long time so it was nice to see them beat up on the Flames in Calgary.

Today’s theme is very similar. Any night of the year all that matters is winning a game, but games against teams like Vancouver, Calgary and Arizona are games we need to be winning. Given how these teams have owned us like teenagers on the internet, it’s important for the Oilers to be giving them a big red star on the calendar. The Canucks have owned the Oilers in the last decade, going 38-25-0 in the span including winning the season series 5-0 last year.

Two lineup changes for us. Slepyshev slides in for Hendricks who suffered a foot injury last night, and Anders Nilsson gets the start over Cam Talbot.

The Otherside:

Rookie center Jared McCann sat out practice Saturday and likely will miss the game because of an undisclosed injury sustained in a loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday. McCann, the No. 24 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, has two goals and a plus-2 rating in four games. With McCann injured, forward Sven Baertschi will be back in the lineup after he was a healthy scratch Friday, when McCann and fellow 2014 first-round pick Jake Virtanen played in the same game for the first time. Baertschi and Virtanen practiced with center Bo Horvat. “I like what they did against Edmonton in the preseason (when they combined for 10 points Oct. 1). I liked that,” Desjardins said. Goalie Ryan Miller likely will make his sixth straight start to open the season with the Canucks off until they host the Washington Capitals on Thursday. – nhl.com

Line Combos c/o Daily Faceoff:

Oilers:

Taylor Hall – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Anton Slepyshev
Benoit Pouliot – Connor McDavid – Nail Yakupov
Lauri Korpikoski – Anton Lander – Teddy Purcell
Luke Gazdic  – Mark Letestu – Rob Klinkhammer

Oscar Klefbom – Justin Schultz
Andrej Sekera – Mark Fayne
Griffin Reinhart – Eric Gryba

Anders Nilsson

‘Nucks:
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Jannik Hansen
Alexandre Burrows – Brandon Sutter – Radim Vrbata
Sven Baertschi – Bo Horvat – Jake Virtanen
Brandon Prust – Adam Cracknell – Derek Dorsett

Alexandre Edler – Chris Tanev
Dan Hamhuis – Matt Bartkowski
Ben Hutton – Luca Sbisa

Ryan Miller

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