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Preview: Canucks at Oilers

Edmonton has 14 goals in past two games; goaltender Richard Bachman starts for Vancouver

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

CANUCKS (28-33-9) at OILERS (37-24-9)

10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, NHL.TV

 

Canucks team scope

Goaltender Richard Bachman will make his second start for the Vancouver Canucks, who look to end a five-game losing streak (0-3-2). Bachman made 43 saves in a 2-1 win at the Anaheim Ducks on March 5, his only start this season. Bachman, who played nine games over two seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, was recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League on Feb. 27 after Jacob Markstrom sustained a lower-body injury. "I look forward to these opportunities and coming back to Edmonton is going to be fun," Bachman, 29, said. "There is always something a little extra there when you're playing a team that you used to be on. You look forward to going out there and competing and trying to beat them." Defenseman Christopher Tanev is expected to return after missing the past three games with food poisoning; he participated in the morning skate Saturday and will be a game-time decision. Vancouver is playing the first game of a five-game road trip. The Canucks are sixth in the Pacific Division, 14 points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference with 12 games remaining.

 

Oilers team scope

The Edmonton Oilers are one point behind the Calgary Flames for third place in the Pacific Division and two points behind the second-place Anaheim Ducks. Edmonton holds the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference will play the seventh game of a season-long eight-game homestand, on which the Oilers are 3-2-1. Edmonton has scored 14 goals in consecutive victories against the Dallas Stars (7-1 on Tuesday) and Boston Bruins (7-4 on Thursday). "We want to play a solid game," Defenseman Oscar Klefbom said. "A 7-4 game is a lot of goals; I would prefer 4-1 or 3-0 instead. Obviously, it's fun to watch a game in here at Rogers [Place] when there are a lot of goals, but every game is so crucial right now, every point is so important, and I want to see our team play a very solid game right now, like a playoff game." Edmonton lost 3-2 in a shootout against the Canucks on Jan. 31 and won 2-0 at Vancouver on Oct. 28. "Every team is dangerous in the NHL, any team can win on a nightly basis and if you don't show up, you're going to lose," forward Zack Kassian said. "They have a lot of veteran guys over there that I know aren't going to pack it in and we need to be ready, we're fighting for playoff lives too, for positioning and to get into the playoffs. Every game from here on out is important for our team." Center Connor McDavid has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in his past 15 games and is tied with forward Brad Marchand of the Bruins for the NHL scoring lead with 79 points.

 

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Michael Chaput

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Markus Granlund

Joseph Cramarossa -- Brandon Sutter -- Reid Boucher

Joseph LaBate -- Drew Shore -- Jayson Megna

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Nikita Tryamkin

Richard Bachman

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Alex Biega, Philip Larsen

Injured: Derek Dorsett (back), Jacob Markstrom (lower body), Erik Gudbranson (wrist), Anton Rodin (knee), Jack Skille (undisclosed), Loui Eriksson (leg), Nikolay Goldobin (illness), Brendan Gaunce (upper body).

 

Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Jordan Eberle

Benoit Pouliot -- David Desharnais -- Zack Kassian

Drake Caggiula -- Mark Letestu -- Anton Slepyshev

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Andrej Sekera -- Kris Russell

Darnell Nurse -- Matthew Benning

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Eric Gryba, Iiro Pakarinen, Matt Hendricks, Jujhar Khaira

Injured: Tyler Pitlick (knee)

 

Status report

Chaput will move up and play on Vancouver's top line with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. Granlund moves down from the top line to play with Baertschi and Horvat on the second line. … If Tanev does not return, Biega will play with Hutton on the third defensive pair and Tryamkin will move up to play with Sbisa on the second. … Edmonton will not make any changes to its lineup from the win against Boston.

 

Who's hot

Horvat has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past eight games. … Draisaitl has five points (one goal, four assists) in in his past two games. … Lucic has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.

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