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It’s finally time to play some meaningful hockey. The Edmonton Oilers already had their first taste of preseason action against the Calgary Flames last night and despite a Dillon Dube hat-trick (he’s ok if anyone’s wondering) the Oilers emerged victorious. If tonight’s game is anything like what the Canucks and Jets prospects put on display just over a week ago, we’re all in for a barn burner.
If Travis Green decides to unleash rookie phenom Elias Pettersson on the Oilers, it would be great if the Oilers matched with Connor McDavid. The Oilers went heavy on the prospects yesterday against the Flames so it would lead us to believe a heavier veteran presence should be expected this evening.
All in all, hockey’s back!
The Canucks Setup
Lots of vets in morning skate, but Pettersson & Dahlen are on the ice also. Forwards & Defense for @Canucks:
— Joey Kenward (@kenwardskorner) September 18, 2018
The Oilers Setup
#Oilers D pairings are projected to be Garrison-Benning, Jones-Russell, Lowe-Jerabek & Lagesson extra, while the expected goalies are Talbot & Montoya.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 18, 2018
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO KNOW
- On Monday, the Canucks released 10 players to tighten up their roster just a tad. It would have been nice to see Reid Gardiner (former Kelowna Rocket) in some real game action but Utica is getting a gamer. Here’s the list below:
- Both teams had great preseason finishes last year with the Oilers finishing just ahead of the Canucks in goals with 33 to the Canucks 27 but the similarities stopped there as the Canucks allowed the most goals with 31. Progress in the defensive zone would be a good start.
- Brock Boeser is Brock Bigger. The man who would be king has bulked up another 8-10 lbs this season. It’s possible Boeser could be in the running for the Rocket Richard and if you haven’t seen what #NewBrock looks like here’s a reminder of what we have to look forward to:
damn, the flow looks like he could bench both stecher and horvat 49 reps pic.twitter.com/5mHf9anBUa
— Jason Botchford (@botchford) September 13, 2018
- Boeser finished with four goals last preseason, one off the lead held by Patrik Laine. Jake Virtanen was one point back of Brock with six last year in exhibition play. A year later, these two could be heavy hitters on the score sheet. Time will tell.
- Petrus Palmu will be a name to watch in the next two weeks especially considering Antoine Roussell is still recovering from a concussion. The fourth line will have some depth this season which is great if the first two lines had the same. Palmu isn’t expected to make the team but after an impressive Young Stars tournament and training camp, the little spark plug may literally fight for a job this fall.
- There is a chance, yes, there is a chance that Jonathan Dahlen makes the Canucks roster on opening night. He won’t get as many looks with Elias Pettersson as we all may hope but his offensive creativity could spread to the second and third lines and players like Jake Virtanen and Nikolay Goldobin or even Loui Eriksson might just find some chemistry with the young Swede.
- As mentioned above, Dillon Dube lit up the Oilers for three goals last night so his former Kelowna Rockets teammate Kole Lind would be smart to mirror Dube’s efforts if given the chance. Don’t sleep on Lind as the entire NHL did in his draft year, he has a wicked shot and can dish the puck with the best of them.
MY 94 CENTS
Tonight will be a goal fest or possibly an extravaGOALza. That being said, I expect the Canucks to have a randomly well-played defensive game. A few jobs are up for grabs this year and it might be one of the most interesting Canucks seasons in many years.
Canucks take it by the slimmest of margins 5-4.