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UP FRONT: It's not known as of yet which forwards will not be playing tonight but it's almost a certainty that the six who did not play yesterday - Taylor Hall
, Shawn Horcoff
, Josh Green
, Jordan Eberle
, Ryan Smyth
and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- will all see action.
The last full practice the team had, Eberle, Smyth and Nugent-Hopkins were back together as a unit. Hall skated with Horcoff and Green. The team may want to get another look at Ryan Keller
as the right winger had to play a lot of minutes on defence last night due to the Smid, Fedun and Chorney injuries.
ON THE BLUELINE: There are no surprises on defence tonight in terms of who will be in the lineup as the team now only has six healthy blueliners remaining in camp. Those six are Cam Barker
, Tom Gilbert
, Theo Peckham
, Jeff Petry
, Corey Potter
and Andy Sutton
(shoulder), Taylor Chorney
(right knee) and Taylor Fedun
(broken femur) were all injured on Friday and will not play tonight.
BETWEEN THE PIPES: Devan Dubnyk
got the nod on Friday which means Nikolai Khabibulin
will go the distance this evening.
KEEP AN EYE ON: It's a gathering of youth atop the Oilers' pre-season scoring leaders list. The top five scorers, in order, are: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
, Jordan Eberle
, Linus Omark
, Taylor Hall
and Anton Lander
. Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Omark and Lander are all coming off exceptional games. Hall and Nugent-Hopkins teamed up to help lift the Oilers over Phoenix last Tuesday. Lander was brilliant in last night's win over the Wild with a goal and the shootout winner plus a +3 rating.
UP FRONT: The Canucks still need to get down to numbers at forward with 14 players currently remaining up front. The team hasn't scored a ton this pre-season with their leading scorers only having three points each (Nicklas Jensen, Marco Sturm & Jordan Schroeder). Interestingly, Jensen and Schroeder have both been cut despite their leading output.
ON THE BLUELINE: The Canucks have a lot of decisions to make on the blueine with eight rearguards remaining in camp. Alexander Sulzer has made a case for himself with a pair of points in four games so far for a share in the team lead for defence points.
BETWEEN THE PIPES: Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider are the only goaltenders left in camp for Vancouver and both have struggled to find their respective games early on. Luongo has a 3.10 goals-against average with a loss in his lone appearance along with a .864 save percentage. Schneider has made three appearances and has a 4.03 GAA and .873 save percentage to go with a 0-2-0 record. With only one game so far, it's very likely Luongo gets the start and goes the distance tonight.
KEEP AN EYE ON: The Sedin twins have each only played one pre-season game so far. They'll likely be buzzing tonight as they attempt to get back into a rhythm before next week's season opener.