STARTING LINEUP CHANGES
By Nolan Kelly
Aaron Volpatti returns to the Canucks starting lineup tonight in place of Alex Bolduc. Volpatti last played on December 31st against the Dallas Stars. He scored his first career goal this season against the St Louis Blues on December 20th.
Tanner Glass is expected to move from his usual spot on the left wing to centre the fourth line, with Jannik Hansen on the right side and Volpatti on the left.
CANUCKS VS. OILERS TONIGHT
The Vancouver Canucks host the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Rogers arena. Tonight’s game marks the fourth meeting between the two clubs, with the Canucks winning the first three, all by one goal.
The Canucks are streaking, having won seven games in a row, the second longest streak in the NHL this season (Pittsburgh, 11 games). Vancouver hasn’t lost in regulation since December 5th against the St. Louis Blues. The win last Wednesday against the Calgary Flames set a new Canucks record for the best twenty game stretch in franchise history at 16-2-2.
Goaltender Cory Schneider gets the start tonight for the Canucks. He is one game away from tying a franchise record unbeaten streak for goaltenders. Kirk Mclean (2x), Dan Cloutier (2x), Ceasare Maniago and Richard Brodeur all share the current record of 10 games.
“It’s nice I guess,” said Schneider. “But that’s not really what I am concerned about. It’s a product of playing behind a good lineup and making timely saves when I need to. I just want to win games and it doesn’t matter how they come or how many in a row or anything like that”.
The Oilers held on for a 2-1 win last night at home against the New York Islanders. The win marked the first time the Oilers have won in 2011.
The Oilers penalty kill has been perfect of late having not allowed a power play goal since December 23rd against the L.A. Kings. They’re 18 for 18 during the stretch despite having the 30th ranked PK in the NHL. Defensemen Ryan Whitney and Forward Jordan Eberle will sit out tonight’s game with injuries.
After starting the season with one point in his first ten games, Alex Burrows has caught fire, registering 19 points in his last 20 games.
"It took a while for him to get back," said linemate Henrik Sedin. "He missed a lot of time. You could tell the first couple of weeks he was there physically but his hands weren't there, his timing wasn't there. It's fun to watch him now."
Burrows’ game has changed this year; he is taking far less penalties, focusing more on playing between the whistles and not chirping after them.
"I think not being involved in scrums as much, I am able to focus more on my game, making plays and being strong at both ends of the rink," Burrows said.