Tonight marks the second regular season meeting between the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks for this year. Edmonton won the game 2-1 on some spectacular play from Nikolai Khabibulin. Khabibulin stopped 39 of 40 shots, excluding the shot that went in just after the buzzer sounded. Hopefully the Oilers can get ahead in the game again and do an even better job of protecting the lead this time. Tonight it’s partly up to Jeff Deslauriers though, as he gets the nod in goal for just his second start this season.
I’m calling it a 3-2 win for the Oilers tonight.
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
Vancouver Canucks Projected Line-Up (From HFBoards)
Mitchell-Edler (possibly Schnieder)
- No word yet as to injuries/flu bug concerns. But for now, I’ll assume that the line up from last night is still intact with exception to the next statement….
- Jeff Deslauriers gets the start tonight. In his lone start this season (against the Predators) he allowed just one goal on 41 shots.
- Gilbert Brule joined the team on the trip to Vancouver and will play tonight.
- Shirokov has been recalled by the Canucks and is expected to play tonight (per TSN ice chips).
- Dustin Penner is said to now starting to show flu symptoms. Not what the team needed, but chances are it will take a round out of everyone. Pat Quinn apparently isn’t feeling so hot either.
- I didn’t catch this last night, but apparently Dion Phaneuf’s skate slashed through JFJ’s wrist. It wasn’t too bad but he needed stiches. He had them done part way through the game and still played afterwards.
- The Edmonton Journal also suspected that the pairing disaster of Gilbert/Grebeshkov may be split up tonight.
1st period summary
- Long 5 on 3 advantage for the Oilers without a goal.
- JDD had a pretty shaky first stop, but has looked comfortable since then.
- The bangers are banging.
- Lazy interference penalty(Grebs) led to a powerplay goal for Vancouver(Grabner from Erhoff, Edler), deflection in front.
- Stortini vs. Hordichuck, quick fight, Storts got some good shots in after taking a few.
We’re still very much in this game and with the flu and back to back games, we’ll have to claw back in the 2nd as much as we can. At least the Canucks are in a back to back situation right now as well.
2nd period summary
- Sloppy start to the period with a few turnovers in our zone.
- Peckham is playing in a forward position.
- JDD standing tall with some timely saves.
- Stortini gets some quality powerplay time, then takes Luongo out ending the PP…
- Peckham is playing defence again.
- Oh look, another turnover in our end, long shot deflected in front by Sedin(from Samuelsson,Hordichuk) and in. 2-0 Van.
- Uh… Peckham up front again.
- Grebs had a few more brain cramps.
The shots may not reflect it, but the Canucks came out looking like they wanted it more and kept that mentality through the second period. Bad thing, Canucks got anonther goal. Good thing is that they’re letting us stick around. JDD had another solid looking period and Penner showed some more jump, but the energy levels are definitely low which doesn’t bode well for the 3rd. One goal could energize the team though.
3rd period summary
- Penner is looking good again tonight, despite the onset of the flu.
- JFJ has been throwing some hits all night.
- Canucks are showing well again early, strong on the forecheck.
- Double minor to Grabner for a high stick on Visnovsky, but again, the Oil are ineffective on the PP.
- Oilers just can’t get setup on the PP with the Canucks pressuring the puck hard.
The Canucks didn’t play awesome, but it was good enough tonight. Pretty flat outing for the Oilers. Back to back games and fighting the flu are likely factors. Only one day off before they take on the Avs so they will still have some scratches due to the flu.
Goal Scoring Summary
1st 17:51 – VAN – PP – Grabner from Ehrhoff and Edler
Point shot is tipped in by Grabner in front of the net.
2nd 9:21 – VAN – Sedin from Samuelsson, Hordichuk
A harmless shot front the point is tipped by Sedin in front of the net and past JDD.
JDD played well. The 2 against were deflections in front so he didn’t have much chance on them. Penalty kill didn’t look too bad either.
Definitely more issues with defensive zone turn overs. The powerplay was terrible. Long 2 man advantage and a double minor in the third finishing 0 for 6 on the night.