NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, March 23rd
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (44-24-4) at Edmonton Oilers (23-42-7), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After a successful homestand, the Vancouver Canucks hit the
road for the first time since their epic 14-game swing this evening, when they
try for their fifth straight victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
The Canucks head to Rexall Place tonight after a 3-1-1 residency. Following a
big win over San Jose, Vancouver dropped a tough 4-3 game to Detroit in
overtime on Saturday.
It was a game of seconds for the Canucks, who took an early two-goal lead on
tallies by Kyle Wellwood and Shane O'Brien before the Red Wings tied things in
the second period with a pair of goals five seconds apart. After Detroit took
the lead, Vancouver's Daniel Sedin forced overtime on his 20th goal of the
season 4:40 into the third, but the Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg stole the
extra point on his goal with just 0.2 ticks left in overtime.
"We fought hard and got a point," O'Brien said. "We played good but came up a
Roberto Luongo made 50 saves for Vancouver, which leads Colorado by five
points for first place in the Northwest Division with 10 games to play.
Sedin's goal did give Vancouver six 20-goal scorers for the first time since
1992-93, as he joined twin brother Henrik as well as Ryan Kesler, Alexandre
Burrows, Mikael Samuelsson, Mason Raymond at the mark.
The Canucks are playing as the road team for the first time since the longest
trip in NHL history and wrap up their season series with the Oilers. Vancouver
has won four straight since losing the first meeting in Edmonton back on Oct.
19, giving the club six wins in the last nine matchups in the series.
The Canucks notched a 3-2 overtime win at Rexall Place in the last meeting on
Jan. 20, getting the game-winner from Daniel Sedin to snap a two-game slide at
The Oilers have been a tough team to play at home as of late, as they have won
the first two contests of a four-game homestand as well as six of their last
eight as the host overall. They haven't won three straight games since a
season-best five-game win streak from Dec. 3-11.
Edmonton began the homestand with a shootout win over Detroit on Friday before
posting a big 5-1 triumph over San Jose two days later. Dustin Penner had the
100th goal of his career in the win, while Fernando Pisani, Robert Nilsson,
Shawn Horcoff and Aaron Johnson also scored.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 27-of-28 shots for the Oilers and came within 3:02 of his
first career shutout. He has won consecutive games after beginning his NHL
Edmonton is still last in the NHL with 53 points but will see the return of
forward Patrick O'Sullivan to the lineup tonight. O'Sullivan has been out
since suffering a finger injury on March 9 versus Ottawa, missing the last six
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