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Canucks Report - Wednesday Sept.22nd

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
CANUCKS 4 - OILERS 3 - Final

1st Period

EDM - Souray (Cole, Horcoff) 1:21 PP
VAN - Cowan (Labrie, Kesler) 2:38
EDM - Cole (Souray, Horcoff) 6:37
VAN - Ohlund (D. Sedin, Wellwood) 11:51 PP

VAN - Krog (Interference) 0:54
EDM - Pisani (Hooking) 4:13
EDM - Visnovsky (Hooking) 10:56
VAN - Baumgartner (Hooking) 12:13
EDM - Chorney (Hooking) 14:33

2nd Period

EDM - Gagner (Staios, Garon) 15:25 SH

VAN - Labrie (Hooking) 1:23
VAN - Labrie (Unsportsmanlike) 8:21
VAN - Cowan (Roughing) 8:21
VAN - Davison (Fighting) 13:25
EDM - Benson (Fighting) 13:25
EDM - Cole (Interference) 13:59
VAN - Edler (Holding) 16:29
EDM - Moreau (Hooking) 19:24

3rd Period

VAN - Gendur (Krog) 14:23

VAN - Raymond (Cross-checking) 2:19
VAN - Davison (Roughing) 4:48
VAN - Davison (Roughing) 4:48
VAN - Davison (Game Misconduct) 4:48
EDM - Benson (Roughing) 4:48
EDM - Benson (Instigator) 4:48
EDM - Benson (Misconduct) 4:48
VAN - Krog (Hooking) 11:56


No Goal.

EDM - Chorney (Holding) 4:09

Shots: VAN - 33 EDM - 36

VAN - Wellwood scores
EDM - Schremp misses
VAN - Raymond misses
EDM - Gagner scores
VAN - Krog scores
EDM - Hemsky misses


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Camp day three up close

Tonight's Roster
48 Hours in Whistler
The Captain Conundrum
Season of change
Half of the Vancouver Canucks headed to Edmonton today to prepare for their first pre-season game of the season.

Team A, featuring Daniel Sedin, Taylor Pyatt, Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond, Mattias Ohlund and Willie Mitchell, will face the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 6 p.m. PST, in the first of seven pre-season games that will help Vancouver's coaches and management team mold this year's Canucks.

“Basically what we did was we split the whole group that we had into two groups,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “It’s a good mixture of kids – guys that have played in the American League that are trying to make the next step - and our veteran players. And we want to give everybody an opportunity to show us what they can do.”

This mixture of old and new is reflected in the offensive and defensive combinations that skated in this morning’s Team A practice at GM Place. The team started off the practice with a scrimmage before participating in drills in preparation for tonight’s pre-season match-up in Edmonton.

The expected offensive and defensive lines for tonight’s game are as follows:

D. Sedin – Wellwood – Pyatt
Simek – Kesler – Gendur
Pettinger – Labrie – Cowan
Jaffray – Raymond – Krog

Ohlund – Heshka
Mitchell – Davison
Edler – Baumgartner
Rahimi – Sharrow

Rick Rypien, originally on the Team A roster in Whistler, was switched to the second group because there was one extra player. Vigneault said he has not yet decided who will sit out for tomorrow’s game.

Cory Schneider, the 22 year old Manitoba Moose goaltender, will start in net tonight and will be backed up by Karl Goehring. Reflecting on the short training camp, Schneider is excited to play and showcase his skills.

“It [training camp] was good, it was only kind of a day and a half, but I got a lot of work in and put a lot of effort into it, so I think that it will pay off tonight,” said Schneider.

One of the biggest questions heading into camp this year was which up and coming player will overcome the odds and earn themselves a roster spot once the regular season starts.

Vancouver's training camp roster was filled with guys chomping at the bit to show they can perform at the NHL level and with a few holes remaining in the line-up, there are jobs to be won. The battle at forward is definitely an intriguing one, but so is the fight on the blue-line. There could also be a few spots won there with toughness being one of the main pre-requests for success.

“I think definitely that the new GM coming in, he made it clear to everyone that he’s coming in open minded and whoever has a good camp has got a chance to be on the team this year,” said Jason Jaffray, an Alberta native who played 19 games for the Canucks last season. “So, I think that’s got to be everybody’s mindset, you’ve got to come in here looking to steal someone’s job.”

“If you have a good camp and impress the right guys up top who have never seen you before, you never know what will happen.”

Tonight's pre-season contest between the Canucks and Oilers can be watched on live steam on starting at 6 p.m. PST.
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