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Scenes from morning skate: Silovs starts again for Canucks while Draisaitl a game time decision for Oilers

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Jeff Paterson
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The Vancouver Canucks have a chance to take an early 2-0 lead on the Edmonton Oilers in their second round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.
In dramatic fashion, the Canucks rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Oilers 5-4 in the series opener on Wednesday night.
The Canucks appear set to use the same line-up they did in Wednesday’s opener while there is some intrigue around the status of Oilers star Leon Draisaitl.

What we saw

After a full team day off on Thursday, the Canucks assembled for a full morning skate this morning at Rogers Arena. The Canucks will roll out the same line-up they used in Wednesday’s win. That means despite giving up four goals for the first time in these playoffs Arturs Silovs will make his fifth straight start in goal.
Five different goal scorers came through for the Canucks on Wednesday. Dakota Joshua, Elias LIndholm, JT Miller, Nikita Zadorov and Conor Garland had the Vancouver goals. Joshua had 1+2=3 for the second straight Game 1 of these playoffs. He now shares the team playoff scoring lead with Miller and Brock Boeser each with seven points. Zadorov has now scored in three straight home playoff games.
The Canucks outshot the Oilers 24-18 including 19-8 over the final 40 minutes. At 5-on-5, the Canucks held a 19-13 edge in shots and a 21-12 advantage in scoring chances.
Wednesday marked the first time the Canucks scored more than four goals in a game since a 5-0 win over Winnipeg on March 9th.
The Canucks went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Oilers scored on their lone power play of the night just 2:11 into the game after Vancouver took an early too many men on the ice penalty. The Canucks are now 2 for 16 (12.5%) on the power play in the playoffs with both goals coming in a Game 3 win in Nashville.
Rick Tocchet mentioned in his morning media availalblity that the Canucks would likely bolster their roster with call-ups from Abbotsford. He didn’t name any names, but suggested the black aces would likely join the team in time to travel to Edmonton on Saturday.
The Oilers are looking to regroup after letting a three-goal vanish in the series opener. Zach Hyman scored a pair of goals and now has nine in the playoffs. Defencemen Mattias Ekholm and Codi Ceci had the other Edmonton goals.
Connor McDavid was held to just a secondary assist and without a shot on goal in his 24:03 on the ice. The Oilers were outshot 7-6 and outchanced 9-6 in the 5-on-5 minutes played with McDavid on the ice.
Leon Draisaitl had a pair of helpers, but missed a portion of the second period and skipped practice on Thursday. He did not skate with his teammates this morning and called himself a game time decision for Game 2 tonight. It’s believed Draisaitl is playing through a back injury.
Stuart Skinner stopped 19 of the 24 shots he faced in the series opener. Skinner had given up four goals in his previous three games before getting beaten for five on Wednesday night.
The Canucks swept the regular season series against the Oilers and with Wednesday’s win in the series opener are now 5-0 against Edmonton this season.
After tonight, the series shifts to Rogers Place in Edmonton for Game 3 on Sunday and Game 4 on Tuesday.
 
Today’s referees: Kelly Sutherland and Eric Furlatt (Tom Chmielewski is the stand-by official)
Today’s broadcasters: Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson
Tonight’s anthem: Elizabeth Irving
 

What we heard

Rick Tocchet on whether there was a decision to be made in goal for Game 2: “You always go through it, but he (Silovs) hung in there for us. Goalies aren’t always going to be perfect and he’s a good choice. But Casey could have easily started today, too. So they are tough decisions. Really tough.”
Tocchet on if he has contemplated any personnel changes on either unit of 2 for 16 playoff power play: “It’s got nothing to do with changing players or positions. We have to execute, we have to attack and we have to put them in when we get a chance. It’s not about shuffling pieces. You can shuffle pieces all you want, but there are certain looks that we want and then we have to attack. And then it’s execution.”
JT Miller expects a bounce back game from Connor McDavid: “Honestly, you never really feel comfortable when you’re playing against him. I think we’ve had a little bit of success because we’re sticking to the gameplan. We know he bounces back better than anybody. We expect him to play a really strong game. So we’ll have our hands full today and honestly we have to turn the page from last game.”
Quinn Hughes sees fact Canucks won and he was held off scoresheet as a positive: “Our depth has been a talking point the entire year and that’s where we’re at at this point with guys stepping up at different moments of the season and in different months. Obviously for myself, I’m want to try to be an impact player and create and make plays and I’m going to try to do that throughout the series. But the good thing for us we have a really good team and a lot of guys can step up.”
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