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Canucks return to Rogers Arena for first home preseason game

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Ian Lusher Sep 28, 2016 4:47 am

The Canucks quest for a perfect preseason ended tragically on Tuesday night after a late San Jose game-tying goal followed by an OT winner. Noted Canuck killer, Kevin Labanc, supplied the overtime heroics for San Jose.

The Canucks look for their first preseason win tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

Venue & Time: Rogers Arena, 7 pm

TV: Sportsnet One

Radio: TSN 1040

Lineup

The Canucks will ice a lineup a little more NHL-like than last night’s roster against the San Jose Sharks. We should also see Thatcher Demko at Rogers Arena at some point for the first time.

Here are the expected line combinations for tonight:

Skille Zalewski Rodin
Etem Granlund Dorsett
LaBate Sutter D’Aoust
Carcone Megna Burrows
Edler Stetcher
Hutton Gudbranson
Juolevi Biega
Miller/Demko

 Lumme Tell You Something

  • The preseason is a chance for those on the fringe to land an open roster spot and for NHL locks to ease into the regular season with some confidence. The Canucks received goals from Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi, but the good news stopped there. Jake Virtanen injured his shoulder, the same one he had surgery on before he was drafted. For now, the extent of the injury is unknown.

  •  Canucks fans will get their first look at this year’s 1st round draft pick, Olli Juolevi. The London Knights pivot is smooth as silk and, honestly, is reason enough to make the trek to Rogers Arena to catch the game live. Juolevi is assumed to be heading back to junior, but could make the Canucks decision very difficult.
  • The Oilers had an interesting off season. The trade of Taylor Hall for defenceman Adam Larsson shocked many, including Hall himself! Hall has publicly admitted that he took the trade personally and that he holds bitterness towards the only NHL team he has played for. Add to that the recent comments by Ralph Krueger, current coach of Team Europe and ex-Oilers bench boss, regarding how the Oilers fired him and it becomes clear that the Oilers may not have won a lot of games over that last decade, but they are experts at pissing off their own. Despite the Oilers head scratching behaviour, they also have to be the luckiest franchise in NHL history. Landing a player like Connor McDavid can right a lot of past wrongs.

Prediction

The Canucks will ice a better lineup tonight than the one we heard about (no TV) in San Jose, but the Oilers are icing a legitimate lineup as well.

Edmonton just has too much talent for tonight’s Canuck lineup to handle. The Oilers take this one 4-2.


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Ian Lusher
Lifelong Canucks fan, lover of all things Seinfeld, and avid Yankees fan.

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