The Oilers are coming off a mostly impressive performance against the league’s best team. Most, including myself, didn’t think the Oilers had the horses in the line-up (especially without Hemsky) to run with the Sharks, but they managed to get a point, despite blowing a 3-1 lead early on and a 4-3 lead with under 2 minutes to go in the game. Inspiring performances by Brule, Potulny, Cogliano and Penner, in particular, helped keep the Oilers in the game the whole time. Deslauriers also made some key saves at points of the game, despite looking a little shakey at points.
The Canucks are coming off 3 wins in their last 4 games, including back-to-back wins over the Avalanche (including an 8-2 romping), and a 4-1 victory over the Kings. The Oilers are going to have to be at the top of their game again to win this one. Look for good performances from Brule and Potulny again to lead the way. Also, the Oilers played last night, so will Dubnyk get the start or will it be Deslauriers again? That remains to be seen, but I’ll update this post accordingly when information is available.
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
Penner Gagner Brule
Jacques Horcoff O’Sullivan
Moreau Potulny Cogliano
McDonald O’marra Stortini
Vancouver Canucks Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
Sedins Sedins Burrows
Raymond Kesler Samuelsson
Hansen Wellwood Bernier
Glass Johnson Rypien
- Ryan Stone and Robert Nilsson are both “ready to play”, according to Tom Renney. However neither are likely to be in the line up tonight.
1ST PERIOD SUMMARY
3:16 – VAN – PP – Ehrhoff unassisted
Ehrhoff blasts it upstairs past Deslauriers blocker side, as Deslauriers was very deep in the net. Potulny tipped it slightly up high and it may have fooled JDD.
5:01 – VAN – Burrows from H. Sedin, D. Sedin
Staios strays from the front of the net and is forced to rush back to cover Burrows, but can’t get there in time. Burrows dekes around Deslauriers and puts it in past the sprawling goalie.
7:04 – VAN – PP – Raymond from Ehrhoff, Kesler
The Canucks bring it in to the zone. Raymond pulls back for the wrister and Staios kneels to block, but the long shot beats Deslauriers.
8:25 – VAN – D. Sedin from H. Sedin, Mitchell
Daniel and Henrik out hussle Smid and O’Sullivan behind the net. Daniel gets around the front of the net and puts it up high on JDD.
14:44 – EDM – PP – Brule from Gagner
The Oilers get caught on the powerplay on a 2 on 1 into their own end, but recover the puck. Brule and Gagner and Penner rush into the Canucks zone. Brule wires one off the bar that flips into the slot and Gagner appears to tap it in past Luongo.
19:43 – VAN – Glass from Bernier
Glass out battles a couple of Oilers and wheels around the zone, then puts it up under the bar on Dubnyk’s blocker side.
- Oilers show jump on the first shift. O’Sullivan sets up Horcoff nicely but Luongo makes the save, and then Jacques steps on the ice briefly and hammers Kesler in the Oilers’ zone on a dump in.
- Canucks first powerplay, Deslauriers makes a couple of nice saves through traffic.
- Gagner and Penner go in on a rush. Gagner does a juke / fake shot and then fires it right after beating Luongo, but not the bar as it rings out quickly.
- Strudwick gets hit by Hordichuk and takes exception and they go. Strudwick lands the shots early on, starting the mower on Hordichuk. Hordichuk lands some good shots after though and gets Strudwick off balance and takes him down.
- Deslauriers throws a punch on a Canuck player getting too close to the blue paint, and gets a penalty for roughing.
- Deslauriers gets yanked after 4 goals in under 9 minutes.
- 12:30 in, the shots are 13-1 in favor of the Canucks.
- O’Sullivan gets double teamed by a couple of Canucks, then hit two Canucks himself and then drops Bernier right after.
- At this rate, not sure the summaries will continue. This game is brutal, unless you’re a Canuck fan.
2ND PERIOD SUMMARY
6:06 – EDM – McDonald from O’Marra
McDonald skates into the zone and shoots it upstairs across Luongo’s body from the right boards and over Luongo’s glove.
7:10 – EDM – PP – Penner from Brule, Gagner
Brule cross-seam passes over to Penner who beats Luongo before he can get over to the other side.
12:08- VAN – PP – Edler from Raymond, Kesler
The shot comes from the point through a lot of traffic. Dubnyk had no chance to see that as it beats him upstairs.
- Penner gets a chance early on from in close but hits Luongo in the crest.
- Souray absolutely blasts one from the point that Luongo pulls in with the glove but it hurts him. He drops down shaking his hand and winces.
- 5 minutes in, the Oilers show some good jump so far. They haven’t rolled over just yet.
- Dubnyk makes a nice save going post to post to stop a one-timer from Burrows.
- Stortini throws a nice big hit on Hordichuk, leading to a rush in which McDonald scores.
- Souray tears the leather off the ball again, nailing Wellwood behind the net.. just a bit outside. The Oil are really pouring it on this period.
- The Oilers lose their momentum and get trapped in their own zone for a couple of shifts. Brule ends up getting a bad call against him. The Canucks score on that powerplay.
- Luongo gets caught behind the net by McDonald, coughs up the puck, but lucks out making a save from behind the net on his butt, preventing McDonald from getting around out front.
- After a save, Moreau flies into the crease area and drills Daniel Sedin from behind. He gets a penalty for this, however Mitchell and Burrows each take one for retaliating as well.
3RD PERIOD SUMMARY
9:59 – VAN – PP – Samuelsson from Raymond, Edler
Cross-seam pass to Samuelsson and he blasts it past Doobie.
- The top line looks great tonight, despite the bad score. Brule and Penner just have a great chemistry. I’d almost say moreso than Penner and Hemsky – so far.
- Not much reporting in this period because there’s not much to report on.
- Moreau missed a wide open net on a rebound off of a Cogliano shot that was kicked out to the other side of the net.
Shitty game. Make some moves Tambi. Honestly, one positive though is that the Oilers came out strong in the 2nd to at least make it respectable for a while, but they again lost it later on. Good performance by the top line. Outside of that, pretty abysmal. Next game, Dec 3rd vs. Detroit – four nights off to right the ship. But it’ll take a lot more than four nights to do that.