WINLESS ON THE ROAD
Coming off a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild Saturday night, the Canucks embark on a two game road trip looking for their first road win of the season. The club is winless going 0-3-0 away from home. Last season, the team went 21-15-5 on the road.
While the Canucks are clicking on the powerplay, rated third in the league at an efficiency rating of 31.0 per cent, their penalty kill isn’t quite as smooth, rating 22nd in the league at 74.2 per cent.
At home the Canucks are significant better, their PK functioning at 81.25 per cent, but it’s on the road where the team has trouble shutting the door shorthanded with a 66.67 per cent efficiency rating.
The Edmonton Oilers are 4-2-1 this season, fresh off a 5-2 win over the Wild Friday night. The Canucks split their match up last season going 3-3-0 against the Oilers. Puck drops at 6PST.
Expected line up:
Samuelsson – H. Sedin – Burrows
Grabner – Kesler - Raymond
Bolduc – Wellwood - Bernier
Glass – Johnson – Rypien
Mitchell - Edler
O’Brien - Bieksa
Rome – Ehrhoff
Tanner Glass is expected to suit up and Darcy Hordichuk a healthy scratch.
BOLDUC CALLED UP
The Canucks, battling injuries with five players sidelined, sought out some help from Manitoba this weekend calling up centre Alexandre Bolduc.
At 6’3” 200lbs. Bolduc registered 33 points (12-21-33) and 116 penalty minutes with the Moose during the 2008.09 season.
The Montreal, Quebec native played alongside Kyle Wellwood and Steve Bernier on the clubs third line Saturday night.
Speedy Michael Grabner, 22, was initially slated to replace injured Daniel Sedin on the team’s top line. However, after some line juggling Grabner was bumped to the second line alongside Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond. Mikael Samuelsson was moved up to the top line.
The speedy trio of Grabner, Kesler and Raymond generated good offensive, firing 17 of the teams 39 shots on net Saturday night.
Our most efficient line was Ryan Kesler’s line with Mason and Michael Grabner,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “I thought those guys had good puck movement, utilized their speed and generated a lot of opportunities. We'll see how that continues but obviously they were good.”
HENRIK SURPASSES TONY TANTIHenrik Sedin
, 29, has now become sixth on the club’s all-time scoring list with 471 (112-359-471) career points 653 games.
The 6’3” 180 lbs. Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native Henrik Sedin notched an assist off Mikeal Samuelsson’s go-head goal Saturday night extending his point streak to five games.
Brother Daniel is eighth with 466 (179-287-466) career points in 646 games and nine seasons with the Canucks.