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Canucks finish preseason in Edmonton as battle for roster spots continues

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Bailey Meadows Oct 08, 2016 4:02 am

The Vancouver Canucks play their final preseason game tonight, matching up against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. After a feel-good 4-0 win against the Calgary Flames two nights ago, the Canucks are looking to finish off the preseason with two straight wins.

Venue: Rogers Place, Edmonton

Time: 6 pm

TV: Sportsnet 360

Radio: TSN 1040

Lineup

It’s the last chance for a number of players to prove themselves before the last cutdown day. Jacob Markstrom is expected to get the start in goal.

D. Sedin H. Sedin Hansen
Granlund Sutter Eriksson
Baertschi Horvat Virtanen
Gaunce Ruutu Etem
Edler Stecher
Hutton Biega
Sbisa Larsen
Markstrom

Quick hits

1. Jake it ’til you make it

A lot of eyes will be on Jake Virtanen to see how he performs in just his third game this preseason. He’s looked good in the two games he’s played, but because he’s ineligible for waivers, he’s an easy choice to start the year in Utica unless he really proves he belongs.

His goal against Calgary should help his case.

Virtanen isn’t the only one on the bubble. All eyes will be on guys like Troy Stecher and Tuomo Ruutu to see if they can have one final statement game before a decision on them is made. Emerson Etem could find himself placed on waivers if he doesn’t have a more impactful game tonight. Philip Larsen will be under the microscope as well.

2. Andrey-OK

The Canucks sent a handful of players to the Utica Comets on Friday, the most notable being 23-year-old defenceman Andrey Pedan. He played 13 games with the club last season, but has fallen behind guys like Nikita Tryamkin, Alex Biega, and possibly even Troy Stecher on the depth chart.

It was uncertain whether or not he would clear waivers, but it’s good to know Pedan, along with the others, will remain with the organization.

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3. Sedins, Eriksson looking good in blue

We got a taste of what the Sedin twins and Loui Eriksson were capable of at the World Cup of Hockey, but it’s nice to see that chemistry translate to the Canucks as well.

In their first game together in a Canuck uniform, Henrik and Daniel each set up Eriksson as the line combined for four points in a 4-0 win against the Flames. Not a bad start.

Tonight we’ll see them back with Jannik Hansen, while Eriksson gets a look with Brandon Sutter.

Prediction

With preseason coming to an end, the Canucks lineup should closely resemble the one they’ll be icing on opening night, but the same can be said for the Oilers. Look for a high-speed game with some increased intensity coming from some of the players on the bubble.

I’ll say the final preseason game goes the distance, and Troy Stecher scores the shootout winner in a 4-3 Canucks victory.


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Bailey Meadows
A BCIT grad who just can't get enough hockey. I do other stuff too, but it's not as cool as hockey.

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