NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, December 27th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (12-16-6-0) at Vancouver Canucks (19-8-6-2), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks will look
to extend their unbeaten streak to four games tonight, when they host the
Edmonton Oilers at GM Place.
Vancouver improved to 2-0-1 in its last three contests with a 2-0 victory over
the red hot Calgary Flames Friday. Dan Cloutier stopped 31 shots to earn his
second shutout of the season.
Mattias Ohlund and Brendan Morrison scored for the Canucks, who have just one
loss in their last nine games (5-1-3) and are unbeaten in their last eight
games in Calgary (6-0-2). Cloutier posted his 12th career shutout.
Vancouver improved to 11-0-0-0 when leading after two periods. The Canucks
also improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven road games.
Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo left in the third period with a leg injury.
Salo is questionable for this contest.
The Oilers are in the midst of a four-game winless streak and have just one
victory in their last 15 contests (2-9-3-1).
Edmonton is currently in last place in the Northwest Division with only 30
points. The Canucks lead the division with 46 points.
Edmonton's latest loss came in Calgary on Tuesday night when Miikka Kiprusoff
made 30 saves to lift the Flames to a 2-1 victory at the Saddledome.
Mike York netted the lone goal for the Oilers, while Tommy Salo turned aside
19-of-21 shots in the loss.
Vancouver is unbeaten (6-0-1) in its last seven meetings with the Oilers. The
road team is actually just 6-2-3 in the 11 meetings between these clubs. These
squads are 2-2-3 against each other in the last seven contests.
12/27 10:20:28 ET