This picture is of course of former Vancouver Canuck, and now Edmonton Oiler, Darcy Hordichuk. I always love when guys play their former teams (although it has now been over year since he played there). Hordichuk only played 2 years with Vancouver (in 08/09 and 09/10), but still he might be inclined to stir a little trouble with his former teammates. Some people got on him a bit for “losing” a fight to Matt Kassian, but I think that’s a silly thing to do. Kassian is a big kid at 6’4″ 232lbs to Hordi’s 6’1″ 212lbs. He did a really good job at keeping Hordichuk at bay, but I thought Hordi was more of the aggressor in that one. Anyways, he also had 6 hits in that game, which is a good part of why we picked him up.
On to the other Oilers, I’m loving the lineup (below). Tonight we’ll get to see Smyth, Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle together in full HD, as this one is on TSN. Webcasts are nice, but let’s face it, you really miss a lot of what’s going on. Gagner will center Hall and Pitlick, which also could provide some excitement. Hall was a treat to watch on Tuesday as he was flying all over the ice and generating chances with Belanger and Jones… two guys that aren’t really known for top line talent. Horcoff will center the swedes tonight, which is also an exciting line since this could be one that we see for part of the regular season.
D-pairings are equally interesting. Tonight we’ll see Ladi Smid pair up with Tom Gilbert. We saw this for a bit last year too. Peckham will play with Petry… not sure if they’ve ever paired up before, but this has the makings of a good pairing, to me.
Dubnyk gets the start tonight.
Ryan Smyth – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Taylor Hall – Sam Gagner – Tyler Pitlick
Magnus Paajarvi – Shawn Horcoff – Linus Omark
Darcy Hordichuk – Tanner House – Lennart Petrell
Ladislav Smid – Tom Gilbert
Theo Peckham – Jeff Petry
Taylor Chorney – Alex Plante
Fedoruk – Ebbett – Oreskovich
Volpatti – Schroeder – Mancari
Duco – Begin – Pinizzotto
Parent – Baumgartner
Sauve – Eriksson
Sulzer – Corrado
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