Preseason Game #2 Preview: Oilers @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
September 18 2013 11:11AM


In the preseason opener, Hunter Shinkaruk impressed. Can he keep it going? (Image via Darryl Dyck )

The second of six preseason games for the Canucks goes tonight, as the Edmonton Oilers come to town. There were some positives to take away from the Monday night opener, including the other 1st rounder, Hunter Shinkaruk, who lit the lamp in impressive fashion. 

I was in the building on that night, and as you may have expected, the crowd was scattered and relatively disinterested. It was probably a combination of being the first preseason game, manly notable Canucks not being in the lineup, and the game quickly becoming lopsided in San Jose's favour. 

I'd expect both the crowd, and the level of play to be improved tonight. Read on past the jump for the expected lineup, and some more notes in advance of the game.

Broadcast Info:

Puck-drop: 7 PM PST

Radio: Team1040

Television: Rogers Sportsnet Pacific

Setup:

L1: Sedin-Sedin-Kassian

L2: Shinkaruk-Richardson-Hansen

L3: Gaunce-Santorelli-DeFazio

L4: Stuart-Horvat-Jensen

P1: Garrison-Bieksa

P2: Andersson-Mullen

P3: Negrin-Tanev

(s/t to Elliott Pap).

Roberto Luongo is expected to be between the pipes, which is cool, because it'll be fun to see the response he gets.

The Sedins will also be making their preseason debut, with Zack Kassian tagging along for the ride. It's not really an audition, though, as by all accounts Kassian is pretty much assured a long look on the top line to start the year. Still, you'd like to see the supposed physical and mental improvements he has made over the summer be put into action.

After playing next to Burrows and Kesler in the opener - and impressing - Shinkaruk will play next to Richardson and Hansen. Given his play over the past few weeks (including the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, and now in camp) Shinkaruk has people buzzing about the potential of him sticking around to start the season. With Booth's uncertain status it's certainly possible, and I wouldn't be against an audition for the first handful of the games, but ultimately, I don't think he's ready for the NHL just yet. I'd like to see him steamroll the WHL this season before legitimately considering him as a viable option next fall.

Brendan Gaunce, a noted Canucks Army favourite, moves to the wing tonight. Tyson Giuriato notes that Gaunce played much of last season there, and that he enjoyed it because it allowed him to be more creative offensively. I personally liked what I saw from Gaunce on Monday night; he's certainly not flashy, but he did a ton of good things. Watch real closely for what he does tonight (hint: zone entries!).

Meanwhile, the Oilers will be fielding a nearly complete lineup, as the likes of Hall, Eberle, Perron, Hemsky, Smyth, Ference and Darnell Nurse will be suiting up. Also, Canucks fans will have another chance to let Justin Schultz know how they feel about his "decision". Never forget. 

During the game please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section, and/or follow along on Twitter. It's a party and you're invited!

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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 NM00
September 18 2013, 02:39PM
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The rare treat of seeing Luongo pulled after 2 periods and knowing there is still a chance to win the game.

Good times.

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#2 PB
September 18 2013, 02:46PM
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@NM00

You occasionally post interesting stuff - often full of assumptions and conclusions I wouldn't agree with - but this kind of trolling garbage seems pointless. A real Canucks fan you are

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#3 NM00
September 18 2013, 07:11PM
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@Lemming

If Lou can joke about his meltdowns, surely Canuck fans can as well...

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#4 Mantastic
September 18 2013, 11:37AM
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Yakupov isn't playin tonight, he played last night in Wpg

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#5 NM00
September 18 2013, 03:03PM
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@PB

No need to be devoid of humour.

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#6 NM00
September 18 2013, 07:01PM
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@PB

That's the spirit!

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#7 Johnny Canuck
September 18 2013, 11:48AM
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Found this Johnny Canuck t shirt its pretty cool

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#8 Johnny Canuck
September 18 2013, 11:50AM
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Sick Canuck's tee:

http://victoria.en.craigslist.ca/clo/4074854265.html

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#9 EricCantona
September 18 2013, 12:09PM
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WTF... no Jordan Schroeder?????

I really wanna see Booth/Kesler/Schroeder or Burrows/Kesler/Schroeder on a line together.

Schroeder is good... and super underrated. Right-handed shot, good vision, great hockey sense....

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#10 Ted
September 18 2013, 01:07PM
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Are Grenier and Alex Mallet still in camp? Hopefully we get to see them in an exhibition game.

I'm a little surprised Schroeder isn't in today. Ah well. He's another guy that really needs to have a good showing to make the big club.

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#11 The Voice In The Dark
September 18 2013, 03:49PM
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As one who usually takes issue with NM00, I actually found his comment really, really funny. Weird, I know. And I'm an ardent Luongo fan. Some people just have to lighten up :)

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#12 PB
September 18 2013, 06:40PM
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@NM00

Indeed -- if you were actually humorous

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#13 JA
September 18 2013, 03:17PM
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@PB

I actually assumed NM00 didn't mean Lu would get pulled for bad play, just that as an exhibition game they'll probably put one of the backups in for the third. Plug any other NHL starter's name in for Lu's; it's still not an amazing joke but that maybe puts it in context.

Incidentally, I wonder if stats exist on which starter has been pulled the most times per season. If it's Lu I'm sorry I asked!

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#14 NM00
September 18 2013, 03:46PM
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@JA

It's a couple of years old and Fleury has certainly added to his playoff blowup totals...

http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2012/3/23/2884880/behind-the-numbers-playoff-goaltending

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#15 Matt
September 18 2013, 04:43PM
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NM00 wrote:

It's a couple of years old and Fleury has certainly added to his playoff blowup totals...

http://www.nucksmisconduct.com/2012/3/23/2884880/behind-the-numbers-playoff-goaltending

Super-interesting article.

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#16 Lemming
September 18 2013, 06:43PM
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It's not like thats the case for Lu and only Lu anyway...you can plug pretty much any goalie in there, because goalies are usually pulled when they've performed terribly and let in a bunch of softies.

Really, it's the rare time in a game when a goalie is pulled after two periods and there's still a chance to win the game. This goes for any team in the league.

I get that it's a joke, but I find the whole "Luongo blows up more than any other goalie" kind of boring and old. He's just not as bad as people seem to think sometimes. He's not as good as people think he is sometimes, but those people usually aren't out in droves making lame old jokes (sorry NM00).

Or maybe I should've just chuckled and moved on. Yeah, probably that.

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#17 Lemming
September 18 2013, 10:06PM
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@NM00

Speaking of meltdowns...lol

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#18 NM00
September 18 2013, 10:41PM
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@Lemming

It's preseason and all...but, yeah haha.

Although I only saw the 4th goal...

At least he got through 2 periods!

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