NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, October 12th (All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (1-2-0) at Edmonton Oilers (2-2-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to post their sixth consecutive win over the Edmonton Oilers tonight, when the clubs open a home- and-home set at Rexall Place.
The Canucks dropped two of their first three meetings with the Oilers last season before ripping off five straight wins to close the season series. Three of those victories came in Edmonton, where Vancouver has won 10 of the last 15 matchups.
Vancouver, though, is coming off a blowout loss last time out, as the Canucks were handed an 8-2 defeat by the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
Netminder Roberto Luongo, who posted a 2.28 goals-against average last year, allowed four first-period goals on 13 shots before Curtis Sanford took over. Sanford allowed four goals on 17 shots in relief.
Ryan Shannon and Lukas Krajicek scored for the Canucks, who have dropped two of three to start the year. Twins Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin added two assists each in the loss. Daniel leads Vancouver with four points (1 goal, 3 assists) this year.
Ryan Kesler is probable for tonight's game after receiving a cross check to the head in the third period of Wednesday's game.
After tonight's road tilt, Vancouver returns home tomorrow to play the first of three straight road games. However, the club's lone win of the season came on the road in Calgary on October 6. The Canucks are 0-2 at home on the young season.
The Oilers also come into this tilt suffering a loss last time out. Edmonton was baffled by Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom, who made 21 saves in the Wild's 2-0 victory on Wednesday.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 24-of-26 shots for Edmonton, which opened the season with back-to-back home wins but has now dropped two straight on the road.
The Oilers fired 11 shots at Backstrom in the third period, but still failed to light the lamp as the club continues to play without captain Ethan Moreau. Moreau suffered a left ankle contusion in the preseason.
After hosting the Canucks tonight, the Oilers kick off a three-game road swing in Vancouver on Saturday.
10/12 10:30:23 ET