(Pic/Article taken from The Daily Seagull.. absolute gold)
The Canucks and Oilers meet again, tonight. The Oilers won the first match with a line up of scraps versus some of Vancouver’s best. This time, the tables turn, as Vancouver sits the Sedin twins and most of their better players. We will get to see Cody Hodgson in action, however.
This will also be our first look at the always dynamic Jason Strudwick. This inspired a tweet from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug of: “Line of the day-strudwick to matheson when asked about finally playing an exhibition game.. ‘The fans were clamoring for me..’”.
Nikolai Khabibulin will also get his first start since we back in November of last year. “I’m very interested to see how it’ll go. I don’t anticipate any problems with my back. I think it’ll be fine. I don’t expect any setbacks,” said Khabibulin. “It’s going to be a good test, though. I haven’t played any games. I can work on some things, and the games don’t count.”
Here are the line ups for tonight:
Edmonton Oilers Lineup
Khabibulin (1st “half”)
Gerber (2nd “half”)
Vancouver Canucks Lineup
Sweatt-Jesus H. Hodgson-Shirokov
Sportsnet One Channel Guide
NOTE: The game will be on the Oilers companion channel, not the main channel.
Sportsnet One Main Channel
|Rogers Cable||394||395 & 584|
161 in Kenora
648 in Hamilton
|Shaw Direct Classic||412||451|
|Shaw Direct Advanced||107||395|
LIVE Game Chat
Tonight will be the first night we turn on the chat box for those of you who want to talk about the game. It auto-refreshes, so you won’t need to reload the page. We’ll see how this goes. It will also work on mobile, as far as I know (tested it briefly and it worked). I’ll turn it on later in the afternoon. The one thing about it is that I’ll be clearing the history after each game. So I’ll keep a few responses here too.
Important note: the live chat will be available to REGISTERED users only. Everyone will be able to see the post, but only logged in users can read them (I believe you can log in with Facebook, etc. still though). So if you would like to use the chat box, make sure you register or sign in to the site. I’ll refresh the page every so often in case some people have troubles registering or using the chat. Just type a comment in here.
As a heads up, apparently this thing has a spam filter that might be a bit too strong. So if you find that you’re getting blocked, clear your browser cache and try again.
LIVE CHAT HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR THIS THREAD (thanks to those that came out, we will definitely keep doing it throughout the year.
Tonight can be summarized as the Hall/theveteranshawnhorcoff/Eberle show. Wow, were they ever on fire. I hate to get too far ahead of myself, but I was really worried about the jump to the NHL for Hall, Eberle and Pääjärvi. So far Hall’s totals haven’t matched the other two kids, but he’s still looked very good and I have faith he’ll catch up. He is also the youngest of the three, so not to worry. But I was extra pleased with Horcoff’s ability to look good with the kids (2 goals on the night). He’s handled his role this year phenomenally well so far. I think the Horcoff of 2007/08 is back, and no one is more excited than I am. He still will miss ones that he should have (Hall fired a bullet pass to him that he couldn’t quite handle), but he’ll get a plethora of opportunities to help offset that if he stays with Hall and Eberle or the other kids. Eberle was particularly on fire tonight. His first goal of the pre-season was an absolute bullet from the bottom of the circle that he wristed top cheese above Schneider’s blocker. He later assisted on a Shawn Horcoff goal, but did pretty much everything on the play, carrying the puck in the zone and dekeing around and through 2 Canucks defenders. He lost control of the puck when in tight with Schneider, but Horcoff banged in the loose puck.
Other highlights of the night were a fight between Zack Stortini and Darcy Hordichuk (it might be a stretch to call it a draw, given that Stortini was bloodied pretty good, but it did seem like a fairly even tilt, despite the cut) and a big hit by Theo Peckham on former Oiler Raffi Torres.
Omark looked particularly good on the night, although I’m starting to get concerned about his desire to hang on to the puck as much as he does. On one hand, he does it, and he does it well… so it’s hard to be concerned. But I fear that if he keeps that up, NHLers will catch on, and he’ll get burned. But there is definitely time for him to adjust. His goal was a great individual effort though as he made the Canucks defence look bad before tucking it around Schneider.
Khabibulin wasn’t tested very much, but aside from one bad goal (the second, which was shot from the point with not much traffic), he was solid and looked like he didn’t miss any action. Penner was his usual self, as was Brule. That line definitely had potential.
Chris Vande Velde also picked up a goal in the game tonight going in on a two-on-one with Zack Stortini. Vande Velde chose to take the shot and wired it past Schneider.
Ryan Whitney was struck in the eye by a puck when he put his stick out to try and block a shot from a Canuck at the end of the 2nd period. The puck rode up his stick and caught him above the eye. He left the ice and immediately headed to the dressing room in noticeable pain. He came back out in the 3rd period for one shift, but left the game after that, for precautionary reasons. Hopefully he will be OK.
Anyways, this was the game to watch for the pre-season so far… sorry to anyone that missed it.