The end of the pre-season couldn't have come at a better time for the Canucks. Given the way things have gone the last couple of outings, the Canucks might not have any healthy bodies left to start the regular season if the pre-season were to last any longer. After losing Frank Corrado to an upper-body injury on Monday, the Canucks find themselves also without the services of Bo Horvat after the latter suffered an upper-body injury in Thursday's win 2-1 win over Edmonton. Tom Sestito is also a question mark after he missed practice yesterday although the Canucks could get some good news with Brad Richardson and Zack Kassian potentially returning tonight.
Outside of the banged-up bodies, the rest of the Canucks' lineup tonight should closely resemble what their opening night lineup will be. The same, however, can't be said of the Oilers. According to head coach Dallas Eakins, Edmonton is still planning to hold auditions for roster spots tonight and his team isn't expected to make any cuts until the end of pre-season. Among the players still on the Oilers' roster who are battling for a job include forwards Leon Draisaitl and Bogdan Yakimov and blue-liner Darnell Nurse.
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2013.14 Season Series
Keys to the Game
Be prepared for the rough stuff. If Thursday night was any indication, pre-season or not, these two teams clearly don't like one another very much. Vancouver needs to brace for an Edmonton team that will want to be physical early.
Protect Ryan. If tonight's game does turn into a chippy affair, one thing the Oilers will be looking to do is crash the net considering the success they had on Thursday doing so. The Canucks need to make sure what happened to Eddie Lack in the first period of Thursday's game when he got run over by Teddy Purcell doesn't happen to Ryan Miller.
The big boys come to play. It may have only been an exhibition game on Thursday but Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins still got plenty of ice-time, but they didn't make use of it much. They finished a combined minus-three and had just two shots between them. They need to be the driving force on offence for Edmonton.
By the Numbers
Vancouver's all-time win percentage in pre-season. The Canucks' all-time pre-season record is 158-153-33.
Times the Canucks and Oilers will meet in the 2014.15 regular season.
Players remaining on the Canucks' camp roster (15 F, 8 D, 2 G).
Players remaining on the Oilers' camp roster (21 F, 11 D, 2 G).
Percent of faceoffs won by the Canucks on Thursday against the Oilers.
Penalty minutes combined between the Canucks and Oilers on Thursday night.