For the Canucks...
F Ryan Kesler (shoulder/wrist surgery) and F David Booth (strained groin) are on the injured reserve list.
For the Oilers...
G Nikolai Khabibulin (groin) and D Theo Peckham (hip flexor) are day-to-day. F Ryan Jones (eye) and D Andy Sutton (knee) are out.
4 – Wins needed for Coach V to reach 400 career NHL victories.
9 – Points needed for Henrik Sedin (748) to surpass Markus Naslund (756) as the franchise's leading point scorer.
12 – Former first round picks on Edmonton's active roster, including three former first overall selections.
212th – All-time meeting between the Canucks and Oilers. Vancouver trails the all-time series 85-99-27.
408 – Straight sellouts for Canucks hockey at Rogers Arena entering tonight's game. The streak dates back November 14, 2002 and includes 362 regular season games and 46 playoff games.
- Where's Joe Cannata?! #canucks
- "Not as easy as it looks eh kid?" –Luongo to Schneider (probably)
- "It’s going to be great. I've got a lot of family and friends coming to the game." – BC native J-Schultz on starting @NHL career in #yvr
The Oilers are only the second team in NHL history to have selected in the first overall position at the NHL Entry Draft for three consecutive years after nabbing Nail Yakupov with the first pick this past summer. The only other team to select first overall in three straight years was the Quebec Nordiques from 1989 to 1991.
The Nordiques eventually moved to Colorado to become the Avalanche and won a Stanley Cup in their first year there in 1996. By that point, however, all three of those first overall picks – Mats Sundin, Owen Nolan and Eric Lindros – had already departed from the organization. Nolan was the only one of the three to play for the Avalanche while Lindros never suited up for that franchise at all.