Hockey Night In Canada Oilers vs Canucks
Two teams coming off loses Wednesday night. Oilers vs Canucks were both looking to bounce back. Saturday night would be the first of home and home games. Edmonton and Vancouver will meet tomorrow night again at Rogers Arena. Meanwhile, at Rogers's place, the Canucks look to gain ground on the Pacific leading Oilers.
Vancouver is limping back west after a 3rd-period meltdown against the Pittsburg Penguins. It was a weird game in general. Jacob Markstrom was scheduled to start but was feeling under the weather and Thatcher Demko got the start instead. Then Vancouver wasn't able to manage a real shot until close to 14 minutes into the first period. They were able to hold off the penguins and had a 4-2 lead after two periods. That's where things went wrong.
After going up 6-3 the Canucks gave up 5 unanswered goals. A lot of them weren't Demko's fault. After losing 8-6 and falling to 2-3 on their current 6 game road trip. Vancouver will look to even up their record at 3-3. J.T. Miller and Adam Gaudette both had 2 goals each in the loss. Markstrom will get the start tonight in net Oilers vs Canucks. He can build on has his 2-1 Shoot out win against the Washington Capitals. It will not be an easy time for Markstrom with whose on the other side of the ice.
Edmonton is coming off a disappointing loss on the road. The Colorado Avalanche handled them easily 4-1. Mikko Koskinen made sure it wasn't more than 4. Edmonton gave up 50 shots and are being outshot badly. It was also the end to Connor McDavids 11 game point streak. Edmonton will go with Mike Smith in net tonight. He is a big part of the Oilers' success with a .920 save percentage.
Despite the speedbump against the Avalanche. The Oilers sit top in the Pacific division coming into tonight. 16-8-3 with 35 points Edmonton has had a great start to the season. A couple of other people who are enjoying the start of the season. Leon Draisaitl has 48 points and leads the league. Right behind him with 18 goals and 47 is Connor McDavid. Saturday nights Oilers vs Canucks hold big implications.
A Perfect Road Start in Oilers vs Canucks
It was important for Vancouver to come out strong after the tough loss to Pittsburg. After some early play and a big hit by Alex Edler. Zack Kassian threw a big one right back. It just happened to be charging and cost him a 2-minute penalty. Vancouver's 4th ranked powerplay went to work. The first unit was able to get some control but nothing past Smith. A change to the second unit and right off the rush they made it happen.
Gaudette and Tanner Pearson gained the zone and found Tyler Graovac. He made no mistake ripping the goal past smith for the 1-0 lead 3:31 into the 1st. It wasn't first called a goal but play was shortly halted as it hit the back post. Vancouver would continue dictating play. They seemed to learn from Wednesday's game. 9 minutes in and they were up 10-2 in shots. Loui Eriksson was back into the lineup tonight. Playing in a shutdown role with Bo Horvat and Pearson. He had a chance early in the game but took an offensive zone hooking penalty at 12:03.
Giving the top-ranked powerplay in the league chances was not a smart idea. Oilers vs Canucks came in with a 32% powerplay. Even better at home sitting at 36%. Vancouver was able to weather the early storm. A bad zone attempt by Edmonton blocked by Horvat and Pearson was off on a 2-1. He made the right decision holding and shooting as he made it 2-0 on the shorthanded goal.
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The two-goal lead was short-lived though. The Oilers vs Canucks just after the powerplay ended were able to get one back. 44 seconds later McDavid showed why he is the best player in the NHL. A beautiful snipe and just like that it was only 2-1 for Vancouver. Edmonton couldn't use the goal to gain any momentum. The Canucks finished the period with the advantage of 17-7 in shoots. The first period was fast-paced and was making for a good game.
Good Start, Bad End Oilers vs Canucks 2nd Period
The second started off as the first ended. A lot of back and forth fluid play where both coaches get out 4 lines. Travis Green was doing a good job of making sure he matched McDavid. It seemed every time he was on the ice Bo Horvat was out there for Vancouver. With control of the play and getting shots to 20-12, the Canucks gave the puck up and Kassian rushed back. McDavid playing decoy Kassian showed his nice hands with a wrist shot beating Markstrom. We were all tied up at two 5:05 into the second of Oilers vs Canucks.
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Oilers vs Canucks were not able to build on the goal. Vancouver kept the shots coming in on Smith. They looked like the hungrier team Saturday and it showed on the stat sheet. Graovac took a high sticking penalty at 9:40. Just like that the Oilers vs Canucks had a chance to take the lead. Edmonton wasn't able to control for very long or get any chances and were 0/2 on the powerplay.
Markstrom was playing strong again tonight. While Edmonton wasn't getting many shots. The ones they were able to get were good chances. Another bright spot to see after Wednesday in Pittsburg was the defense. They were all plating a strong game. Alex Edler who had looked 2 steps slower than everyone else suddenly had some jump. He made a great play on a 2-1 to knock the puck away. Markstrom was able to keep the puck out on the ensuing scramble. It remained 2-2 but Vancouver had the upper hand.
Oilers vs Canucks were being badly outplayed. This started to show on the scoreboard. Once again breaking out of their own zone. Quinn Hughes made a nice little pass to Horvat. He Found Pearson on the bank and after he overskated the puck he got a second chance. Horvat's shot was saved and Pearson buried the rebound for his second of the game and 7th of the season. Vancouver had regained the lead.
Edmonton looked like the team coming off a 5 game road trip. Which wasn't how it should have looked Oilers vs Canucks. Shots were getting a bit out of hand and the ice seemed to be tilted. Loui Eriksson the pariah of Canucks Twitter was placed on the second line. Fans were very vocal about the move. Like they wanted him moved but to the Comets.
He made the best of his 16:04 of Ice time topping it off with a late 2nd-period goal. Oilers vs Canucks seemed to be a game of rushes and this goal was no different. Pearson cut in on the right side found Horvat streaking who chipped it in front for Eriksson. 4-2 Vancouver and Pearson had 4 points and Horvat had 2.
4-2 To End The 2nd A Scary Scoreline For Canuck Fans
You would think going into the 3rd period with a 4-2 lead would be comforting. Not so much for Vancouver fans who just watched the 3rd-period collapse after having the very same lead. McDavid and the rest of Edmonton were sure to know this as the period started. Oilers vs Canucks were looking for the comeback.
Out came the top line for the Oilers which meant out came Horvat for the Canucks. It was another strong play by the captain on the dump in. After getting to the puck first and having his pass in front blocked. Josh Leivo was in the right place and picked up the puck behind the net. He was able to tuck it past a sprawling Smith on the wraparound. Vancouver was up 5-2 which should be a comfortable lead.
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Vancouver didn't help themself after this. Adam Gaudette took a tripping penalty just a minute thirty into the period. Edmonton had the opening they needed to get back into the game. 0/2 on the previous powerplays with 6 shots and the top-ranked PP. Taking penalties was not something Vancouver should be doing. They played with fire and didn't get burned as they killed it off only allowing 1 shot.
Edmonton took a delay of game penalty and all the momentum was back with the Canucks. The powerplay wasn't able to get anything going. Despite having some nice control and a couple of shots by Elias Pettersson who was held quiet. Vancouver couldn't capitalize and it remained 5-2. Shots were 36-23 and Oilers vs Canucks were being outshot badly again.
Markstrom didn't get tested often but when he did he was ready. A 3rd period burst by McDavid had him streak in on the right side. A quick shot blocker side was steered to the corner by the quick pad of Markstrom. This was the last real test that Edmonton could get in Oilers vs Canucks NHL. Vancouver was very happy to clog up the Neutral zone and slow playthings to the 5-3 victory.
Oilers vs Canucks Back To Back Sunday Night
A big bounce-back win after an embarrassing loss to the Penguins. The Canucks were able to match up line up wise and score-wise against Edmonton. It will be much better heading home from a 3-3 road trip than a 2-4 one. One thing that Vancouver can take from the game besides the 2 points. Secondary scoring!
Pettersson, J.T. Miller, and Brock Boeser were all kept off the score sheet. This should be a relief for canucks fans. They can't do it all every game. As much as it would be nice. Captain Bo Horvat came through big with 3 assists against the Oilers vs Canucks. Tanner Pearson had his best game of the year with 2 goals and 4 points. Also, remember when Eriksson scored!
Edmonton has back to back loses in regulation for only the second time this season. They will head on a plane back to Vancouver as well. Looking to avoid losing 3 in a row they will definitely have motivation. After ending his previous point streak McDavid will look to start another one after a point evening. Draisaitl was held off the score sheet tonight so don't expect that tomorrow. He will want to catch Connor who passed him for the scoring lead.
Demko and Koskinen should get the start Sunday Oilers vs Canucks. And besides a banged-up Edler who is doubtful for tomorrow. The lineups should be similar for both teams. If Sunday's game was anything like tonight we are in for another great game. Check out all the highlights here.