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PREVIEW: OILERS vs. CANUCKS

Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 1:59 PM

edmontonoilers.com staff

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PREVIEW: OILERS vs. CANUCKS
Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers

GAME PREVIEW

OILERS

FORWARDS

4 Taylor Hall

13 Mike Brown

14 Jordan Eberle

28 Ryan Jones

41 Will Acton

48 Ryan Hamilton

54 Jujhar Khaira

57 David Perron

64 Nail Yakupov

83 Ales Hemsky

89 Sam Gagner

94 Ryan Smyth

DEFENCE

2 Jeff Petry

37 Denis Grebeshkov

59 Brad Hunt

74 Darnell Nurse

77 Anton Belov

81 Taylor Fedun

GOALTENDERS

1 Jason LaBarbera

33 Ty Rimmer

PROJECTED LINES

Smyth-Hall-Hemsky

Perron-Gagner-Eberle

Hamilton-Khaira-Yakupov

Jones-Acton-Brown

Nurse-Petry

Grebeshkov-Belov

Fedun-Hunt

LaBarbera

Rimmer

UP FRONT: The Oilers dressed a good lineup up front on Wednesday in their 4-1 win at Vancouver and arguably they have a better front 12 tonight. Hall, Smyth, Perron and Eberle are all playing once again but this time Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov are also playing.

ON THE BLUELINE: Darnell Nurse plays once again for the Oilers, as does Brad Hunt. The other four rearguards did not play in Vancouver on Wednesday night. Denis Grebeshkov, Anton Belov, Taylor Fedun and Jeff Petry all draw in. Grebeshkov will be paired with Belov in an all-Russian duo.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Jason LaBarbera and Ty Rimmer will be the goaltenders tonight, splitting 50/50 according to head coach Dallas Eakins. Rimmer is in camp on a PTO and will have an opportunity to show why he should be signed to a contract.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Anton Belov makes his debut in an Oilers uniform tonight. Belov, who stands at 6'4" and 212 pounds was a highly-coveted European free agent this past offseason after a career-high 26 points in 46 games for Omsk Avangard in the KHL last season.

CANUCKS CANUCKS (PROJECTED ROSTER)

FORWARDS

7 Booth

9 Kassian

20 Higgins

25 Santorelli

29 Sestito

32 Weise

36 Hansen

45 Schroeder

48 Shinkaruk

53 Horvat

50 Gaunce

54 Lain

DEFENCE

6 Weber

8 Tanev

23 Edler

26 Corrado

41 Alberts

47 Sauve

GOALTENDERS

31 Lack

30 Cannata

PROJECTED LINES

Higgins - Schroeder - Hansen

Shinkaruk - Horvat - Kassian

Sestito - Santorelli - Weise

Gaunce - Lain - Booth

Edler - Tanev

Alberts - Corrado

Sauve - Weber

Lack

Cannata

UP FRONT: Hunter Shinkaruk, Mike Santorelli, Brendan Gaunce and Bo Horvat are each expected to play again in Edmonton tonight after facing the Oilers Wednesday. The Sedins will not make the trip so the team's offensive power will likely need to come from the likes of Chris Higgins, Jordan Schroeder and Jannik Hansen.

ON THE BLUELINE: Alex Edler and Chris Tanev are expected to be the top defensive pairing for the Canucks tonight. Edler had eight goals last season in 45 games, tying with Jason Garrison for first on the team among blueliners. Edler also had 22 points, ranking second among defencemen behind Dan Hamhuis (24). Tanev netted seven points in 38 games last season -- his first full season in the NHL.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Eddie Lack and Joe Cannata will be the duo between the pipes for Vancouver. Lack is battling for the backup role with Joacim Erikksson, who had a scoreless third period against the Oilers on Wednesday. Lack has played 40 minutes so far in this pre-season, allowing two goals on 27 shots.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Bo Horvat has yet to register a point through two pre-season games but he coudl break out at any time. The centre scored 33 goals and had 61 points in 67 games last season with London of the OHL. He added 23 points in 21 games in the playoffs when it mattered most, including 16 goals.

-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com

2013-2014 season series
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Sep 21 '13VAN 2 at EDM 5
Sep 18 '13EDM 4 at VAN 1
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