Game #37 Preview: Oilers @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
April 04 2013 01:52PM


Last time out, Taylor Hall had his way with the Canucks en route to a quick hat-trick.

I guess you could say the two teams going up against each other at Rogers Arena on Thursday night are heading into the game going in different directions. Which to me, is funny, because the team that has their fans feeling pessimistic has earned 5 points more than the one that has their's suddenly feeling cocky, through the same number of games, despite missing a whole whack of key pieces. It's all about perception and expectations...

The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers - the two squads I was referring to in the paragraph above, obviously - do battle for the fourth time this season. You'll note that the game starts 30 minutes later than the usual start time for home games (7:30 PM PST); it's Canucks for Kids Fund Telethon night!

More on what should be a good game just after the jump.

Broadcast Info:

Puck Drop: 7:30 PM PST (*)

Television: Rogers Sportsnet Pacific

Radio: Team 1040

Setup:

The Canucks probably don't look as different heading into this game as many of you had hoped they would, but it's not for a lack of effort on their part. By all accounts they were serious players in trades involving Ryane Clowe (actually had the better offer, but likely dodged an unfortunate contract extension bullet when he chose New York), Raffi Torres, and Roberto Luongo (it's sounding more and more like the Leafs just flat-out did not have any intentions on really acquiring him). 

Back to the perception thing we discussed before. If the team had made the Derek Roy trade just moments before the buzzer on Wednesday afternoon, everyone would be ecstatic. But instead they got their work out of the way early on, and everyone is taking the mindset of "what have you done for me lately?!" Let's keep things in perspective. The Canucks are a substantially better team today than they were on Monday night in San Jose. Plus, according to reports more reinforcements could be on the way soon; Kesler, Weise, Raymond and Ballard were all on the ice this morning.

Speaking of Derek Roy, he figures to start his Canucks career centering the 2nd line of Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen. That means that we'll see Alex Burrows back up with the twins, as the Nicklas Jensen experiment is at least put on hold for now. Zack Kassian is back after his conditioning/disciplinary stint in Chicago, which is a welcome sight. He'll be starting out somewhere in the bottom six, in case you were wondering.

Finally, let's all wish Roberto Luongo a happy 34th birthday! For his gift from Alain Vigneault, he'll get to ride some pine as Cory Schneider starts for the 9th straight game. Schneider will be looking to make up for a disastrous outing last time out in Edmonton. If you'll recall, he was pulled rather quickly after letting the first 2 shots by the Oilers get past him. It's really the only blemish for him during this stretch.

There's no doubting the fact that the Oilers are playing some good hockey right now, because they are; they've outscored the opposition 25-7 during their 5-game winning streak. I will point out however that they feasted (hah, get it!) on the Calgary Flames in their last two games, and well, those should really only count as 1/2 wins or something. Regardless they're currently sitting in the 8th spot in the West (the Blues still have two games in hand on them), and could find themselves within 3 points of the Northwest Division lead by the end of the night. It's kind of fun having them be relevant, and having games against them late in the season mean something. I'm personally welcoming it. Though of course I'm also hoping they suffer a vintage Sedin-twin beatdown on Thursday night...

Numbers Game:

  Oilers Canucks
Team Record 16-13-7 19-11-6
Goal Differential +1 +1
PP % 23.8% (3rd) 12.8% (29th)
PK % 84.5% (7th) 81.1% (16th)
FO % 45.5% (30th) 47.1% (28th)
Corsi % 44.0% (30th) 52.9% (5th)
Fenwick Close % 45.3% (28th) 53.4% (7th)
Team PDO 100.0 (17th) 100.8 (9th)

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Dimitri Filipovic writes about hockey on the internet, and is the Managing Editor of Canucks Army. You can follow him on Twitter @DimFilipovic, and email him at dimitri.filipovic@gmail.com.
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#1 Burgandy
April 04 2013, 02:05PM
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IM JUST LEAVING EDMONTON AFTER A 4 DAY STAY AND ALL I WANT IS FOR THE CANUCKS TO KICK SOME OILERS ASS SO I CAN TRASH TALK ALL THESE OILER FANS OUT HERE! WHO REALLY HATE OUR HOCKEY CLUB AND FANS. IM OUT HERE ALL THE TIME IN JERSEYS AND HATS AND ALWAYS LETTING THEM KNOW WHOS GOT THE BETTER CLUB!

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#2 Boxersam
April 04 2013, 02:26PM
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Burgandy wrote:

IM JUST LEAVING EDMONTON AFTER A 4 DAY STAY AND ALL I WANT IS FOR THE CANUCKS TO KICK SOME OILERS ASS SO I CAN TRASH TALK ALL THESE OILER FANS OUT HERE! WHO REALLY HATE OUR HOCKEY CLUB AND FANS. IM OUT HERE ALL THE TIME IN JERSEYS AND HATS AND ALWAYS LETTING THEM KNOW WHOS GOT THE BETTER CLUB!

Good luck with that. You may have a slightly better club right now and ONLY because of better Vets. The End is near for the Nucks and their dreams. You still have a solid club but the Window is closing. But hey, Dont you just hate the Minnesota Wild. I do.

Oilers win 5-4 in SO.

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#3 Unknown Comic
April 04 2013, 02:44PM
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Wow, the Oilers are 28th in Fenwick close and dead last in corsi?

How am I to buy the hype when I see 45.3% and 44%?

Did I also read the Oilers powerplay is due for a significant regression as their PP Shooting % is unsustainable?

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#4 Emrae
April 04 2013, 02:55PM
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This isn't the final game between the Canucks and Oilers. They play each other again April 27th, don't they?

We need a win tonight so I don't have to keep defending them at work to all the Oilers fans in my office!! Go Canucks!!

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#5 Smokey
April 04 2013, 03:13PM
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Unknown Comic wrote:

Wow, the Oilers are 28th in Fenwick close and dead last in corsi?

How am I to buy the hype when I see 45.3% and 44%?

Did I also read the Oilers powerplay is due for a significant regression as their PP Shooting % is unsustainable?

Sucking at Frnwick and Corsi is predictable when you can't win faceoffs and 3 of your lines are terrible defensively. Oilers have relied on great goaltending and their special teams.. There winning streak is do to improved 5 on 5, and Taylor Hall becoming elite.

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#6 Mantastic
April 04 2013, 03:33PM
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@Unknown Comic

Our powerplay has hovering at this level for most of the year. it happens because of the talent we can run on our 2nd unit, which much better than the canucks' first unit. the difference between the top 7 teams in the PP only differ between a percentage point.

and of course we're on the bottom in the league for possession when we get out shot every game by at least 5 shots.

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#7 chinook
April 04 2013, 03:36PM
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So Edmonton beating Calgary should only be worth 1/2 win? Not smart to say. Don't mock your opponent, Van plays Calgary twice in the next 6 days.

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#8 Thomas Drance
April 04 2013, 03:45PM
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@chinook and Canucks fans are looking forward to the half win in those games and also the half win tonight!

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#9 Unknown Comic
April 04 2013, 03:54PM
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Mantastic wrote:

Our powerplay has hovering at this level for most of the year. it happens because of the talent we can run on our 2nd unit, which much better than the canucks' first unit. the difference between the top 7 teams in the PP only differ between a percentage point.

and of course we're on the bottom in the league for possession when we get out shot every game by at least 5 shots.

You don't seem to have any concept of how shooting percentages might work.

And if there is all this talent, how does it end up dead last in puck possession, proven to be the best predictor of future success.

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#10 Mantastic
April 04 2013, 04:57PM
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you clearly don't have any concept on how shooting percentages work on the power play... talent on the PP is completely different than even strenght, i really hope you understand that.

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#11 Mantastic
April 04 2013, 04:57PM
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@chinook and Canucks fans are looking forward to the half win in those games and also the half win tonight!

trolling much?

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#12 Gitagrip
April 04 2013, 05:54PM
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Really just wanted to troll by and slag the Cannots and you fans like we have been doing to the Cowtowners today. I'm sorry I just don't have a hate on for you Left Coasters. You're so, so, so.....inconsequential in the NHL. Just sayin.

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#13 Jamie
April 04 2013, 06:08PM
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@gitagrip - Amazing what a three game winning streak does for your confidence (read douchebaggedness). But I think it may be a bit premature for trash talk.

Excited about your team and its future? Good for you. Trolling other teams fan sites? You may want to be a bit father removed from the NHL sub-basement before you do that.

Whipping a team that has just been dismantled for a re-build isn't the be all, end all.

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#14 messyEH!
April 04 2013, 06:14PM
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Best of luck Vancouver, you destroyed your city after game seven and now your overated sisters are going to wind up golfing in 12 games. Canuckle heads have no heart since linden.

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#15 moe
April 04 2013, 06:30PM
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please burn your arena after your loss tonight. f**king babies!!!

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#16 Jay
April 04 2013, 06:38PM
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@messyEH!

A riot joke and a sisters joke all packed into one sentence! You are definitely the smartest kid in the special needs class, eh?

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#17 Cale
April 04 2013, 06:47PM
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>Puck Drop: 7:30 PM PST (*)

Dimitri, you do *not* get to put a damned asterisk next to the puck drop time and then not put another one somewhere explaining what you mean. That's too cruel.

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#18 Cale
April 04 2013, 06:47PM
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When the hell did the comment section turn into HFB? You guys can delete posts, right?

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#19 Isaac
April 04 2013, 06:53PM
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We had some bad contracts. With those bad contracts, the Oilers still have 12 million in cap space right now. Bring back Eager, and that leaves us with 11 million. Just for fun, let's include Souray's, even though his buyout wasn't related to his contract, but just not wanting him here, and the number is about 9.5 million. Vancouver right now has less than 200K in cap space. Next year, we have 16 million dollars to use to sign 7-8 players. Vancouver has 1.3 million to sign 8 players. Seems our yard is just fine. Thanks for playing!

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#20 Isaac
April 04 2013, 06:56PM
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Your team will be a mess next year!!!!

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#22 72minutes
April 04 2013, 07:45PM
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@Isaac

Just wait until your kids' EL contracts burn out. What a joke of player management - wasting away valuable EL terms in underwhelming, underachieving, under-performing seasons.

Also, good luck luring UFAs to Edmonton.

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#23 isaac
April 04 2013, 07:50PM
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LOL! Even Luongo makes fun of your bad contracts on tv you clown. Have fun buying him out .

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#24 biznow
April 04 2013, 08:05PM
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Yes Coiler fans, get it off your chest. I know its been awhile since you had anything to cheer about. You guys are so cute.

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#25 isaac
April 04 2013, 08:10PM
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Say what you will but......we would never burn our own city down over loosing. Maybe win a cup once and you can talk. Canuck fans are babies.

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#26 Alsker
April 04 2013, 08:23PM
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biznow wrote:

Yes Coiler fans, get it off your chest. I know its been awhile since you had anything to cheer about. You guys are so cute.

Very true, been over 20 yrs since we had Lord Stanleys Mug grace our streets..you must remember that feeling..oh right...

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#27 Alsker
April 04 2013, 08:25PM
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72minutes wrote:

Just wait until your kids' EL contracts burn out. What a joke of player management - wasting away valuable EL terms in underwhelming, underachieving, under-performing seasons.

Also, good luck luring UFAs to Edmonton.

UFA's like..hmmm Justin Schultz, never would sign in a place like Edmonton

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#28 biznow
April 04 2013, 08:48PM
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Come on everyone!

Cups, and Riots, and Sisters....OH MY Cups, and Riots, and Sisters....OH MY

We've heard it before Coilers fans. This isn't ground breaking material you're presenting here.

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#29 Cale
April 04 2013, 08:56PM
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@Dimitri Filipovic

@Dimitri

And as for the deleting comments part?

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#30 Steve
April 04 2013, 09:36PM
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Wow, it's a real mess down here in the comments. Just hoping for a good game myself.

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#31 Jamie
April 04 2013, 11:39PM
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Is that crickets I hear in here? Sudden absence of Coiler trolls.

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#32 KleptoKlown
April 05 2013, 12:54AM
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Canucks win, cOilers and Leafs lose...the universe is balanced on this day.

I keep reading "the city of Edmonton" I thought Edmonton was just a giant mall with 11 months of winter a year.

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