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CANUCKS ARMY PRESEASON GDT VIII – CANUCKS VS. OILERS

It’s the final preseason game for the Vancouver Canucks. The visiting Edmonton Oilers are in town to help close it out. Let’s keep it simple tonight. Good, fun, hockey. Maybe a bone-crushing hit on Connor McDavid would be nice. (Side note: this will be wished every game against the Oilers from now until forever).

Might there be some Sedinery this evening? Tune in.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: CBC (HNIC??? REALLY?)

RADIO: SN650

PUCK DROP: 7:00 PM

LINE COMBINATIONS

With this being the final game, giving Thomas Vanek a shot up front to make something happen isn’t the worst thing. Brock Boeser with Markus Granlund and Loui Eriksson could be a bit of fun if anything gets going and Jake Virtanen could end up with a solid game playing with Sam Gagner. Sven Baertschi is still down with the sickness.

Ooh, ah ah ah ah.

Vancouver Canucks lines courtesy of practice post from Brendan Batchelor

 

Edmonton Oilers lines courtesy of…

So far nothing

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Virtanen gets his final audition. Letting Jake have fun could turn his night into the TSN turning point in his career.
  • Same can be said for Darren Archibald. Is this the year he finally cracks the NHL? He’s had a really good preseason and again, a big night could put the coaches in a tough spot. The thing is, Jayson Megna and Michael Chaput are bubble guys, too!
  • It could be a long season so whatever this compete that is in their nature is, tonight would be a good time to show the fans what that looks like.
  • If irony is your thing, Sam Gagner putting up an ocho against his old team would be pinnacle irony. Don’t lose sleep over it, though.
  • The opening montage for HNIC. Honestly, welcome back hockey!

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Agreed.

MY TAKE

There isn’t a whole lot to play for in this one for most of the Canucks as players like Scottie Upshall (STL) and Nikolay Goldobin (UTI) are gone so Jake Virtanen and Brock Boeser will look to secure spots even though it looks like they have already. The spotlight is on and the Oilers have a few players looking to lock down a spot. This could end up being a pretty good game.

SCORE PREDICTION

3-2 shootout win for the Canucks. I’ve picked them every game but this is Canucks Army and not Oilers Nation, no one wants sadness.

  • Me

    “The thing is, Jayson Megna and Michael Chaput are bubble guys, too!”

    They had a full season last year and didn’t do a thing to show they’re more than warm bodies who can fill in for injured players. Even at that role they’re not great. If either or both get lost on waivers they can be replaced as needed by other waiver-wire pickups. Virtanen and Archie have both shown they’re more capable, both have more potential upside and they’re both cheaper options.

  • Steamer

    Eriksson – & his contract – are a major downer for a rebuilding team, nor do Vanek & Sutter give cause for excitement, but look forward to seeing Virt & Boeser – and maybe even Archibald – show what they can do against a tough Edmonton squad. Please God, please…no more Megna & Chaput.

  • defenceman factory

    McDavid comes across the middle and looks back to collect a pass. In an instant Jake becomes the most hated man in Edmonton.

    Keep your head up Connor.