Canucks vs Oilers A Sunday Night Rematch
After a 5-3 win Saturday in Edmonton. The Canucks vs Oilers are at it again. Vancouver head's home looking to sweep the back to back. Moving within 3 points of the Pacific leading this game shouldn't take much for motivation. Edmonton will be looking to return the favour from last night. losing 5-3 on home ice for their second straight loss was not what they intended to do.
While Connor McDavid was able to get 2 points and take the NHL scoring lead. The man he overtook should be poised to get on the scoresheet. Leon Draisaitl was held pointless for his second straight game. And only the 5th time in 28 games this year. He and McDavid have 48 and 49 points.
Edmonton would go with Mikko Koskinen tonight. he was coming into tonight's game with a 9-2-0-2 record and .920 save percentage. The Oilers have had success going with the number 1 and 1a goalies this year. Zack Kassian will be out for tonight's games after taking some bumps. Same for Kris Russell who stayed in Edmonton for the birth of his child.
Travis Green made a surprise move starting Jacob Markstrom in back to back games. While he was stellar last night the numbers don't suggest going with the same goaltender back to back nights. Especially when a well-rested Thatcher Demko was ready and waiting. The only change in the line for Canucks vs Oilers was out of necessity. Alex Edler left the game with an upper-body injury. Oscar Fantenberg would get his first start of the year.
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Fast-Paced 1st Has Canucks vs Oilers Tied 1-1
The first period in Vancouver started off with each team able to roll lines and get comfortable. Elias Pettersson and McDavid both had early rushes that got the crowd to their feet. Nothing was to come off either chance and 7:00 minutes of back and forth play set the tempo for tonights Canucks vs Oilers game.
Vancouver was being the more aggressive team. 5-1 in shots by the time the first whistle came. Markstrom made his first save on a Shot by Darnell Nurse. The second shot would not be saved. After the Oilers were able to control in the offensive zone. A delayed penalty was coming but it wouldn't be needed. McDavid was double shifting as usual and found Nurse in the slot. His shot was tipped up nicely by Josh Archibald for his 1st of the season.
It was 1-0 Edmonton 9:09 into the first and the crowd was taken out of the game a bit. The lotto line was able to come on for the Canucks vs Oilers and provide a spark. Ethan Bear was forced to take a hooking penalty on Pettersson and Vancouver was looking to tie things up. They had lots of chances and if not for Koskinen they would have. Vancouver was 0/1 on the powerplay but led 9-4 in shots.
Vancouver was controlling play for most of the 1st period. After an icing by Edmonton. Canucks vs Oilers made them pay. J.T. Miller was able to control it all around the offensive zone. He was able to find Hughes on the right side. Hughes got his 23rd point of the season with an on tape pass to Brock Boeser. He scored his 11th of the year but took a stick to the face. He was forced to go off and get several stitches.
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Vancouver was able to get a lucky break. Edmonton was pressuring and looked to take the 2-1 lead 3:54 into the 1st. After Patrick Russel looked to give the Oilers the lead. A smart challenge by Coach Travis Green had the goal called off. Goalie interference and we were still tied up 1-1. Connor McDavid took a late penalty for holding which gave momentum to the Canucks vs Oilers.
An Evenly Matched 2nd Period in Vancouver
Vancouver started on the powerplay but were not able to take advantage of McDavid sitting in the box. The Canucks were not even able to set up. It didn't stop them from continuing to pressure the Oilers. Shots were 16-9 during another long series without a whistle. Markstrom made his second save of the period at the 8:51 mark and froze play for a whistle.
It was a weird game Canucks vs Oilers. After a chance at one end, the other team controlled play. that was just what happened in the second. Markstrom's save seemed to spark Vancouver. They were able to skate it down and get a chance in front from Loui Eriksson. A shot wide but it came back to Jordie Benn at the point.
His point shot was saved by Koskinen but Bo Horvat was able to fight the puck free. Sitting in the perfect spot was Josh Leivo who socred his 4th of the season. 12:06 into the 2nd and the Canucks had a 2-1 lead. It would be short-lived as Eriksson took a questionable penalty in the attacking zone. Interference and the Canucks let the Oilers into the powerplay.
I guess Draisaitl was feeling a little left out in scoring. It has been 2 games since he's been on the score sheet. Edmonton was able to get control along the boards. McDavid was open in the slot and had a way to much time with someone as good as he is. He found Draisaitl on the right who beat Markstrom's short side. The game was tied 2-2 on the powerplay at 13:51.
Canucks vs Oilers ended with a back and forth the second period. Shots were getting out of hand in favour of the home team. They weren't able to make any of them count. Koskinen was coming up big. Vancouver was outshooting the Oilers 23-14 but it was still only 2-2. Edmonton has gifted a chance to end the period. Eriksson, whose head will be called for after tonight. Took his second penalty of the game...
Edmonton Struck Early And Held Off Vancouver
The Canucks vs Oilers started the period with Eriksson in the penalty box. The second best PP in the league didn't waste much time. Draisaitl scored his second of the game 46 seconds into the period. 1 second was all that Vancouver had to kill off but they couldn't do it. Canucks vs Oilers gave up the 3-2 lead and now had to watch Edmonton play their game.
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Play their game they did as they controlled play. evening up shots to 25-23 the Oilers had seemed to take the crowd. And the Home team, out of the game. Edmonton had made it 9-2 in shots 9 minutes into the 3rd. Vancouver started looking like they did against Pittsburg. Scrambling and chasing in their own zone.
Markstrom was able to keep it a one-goal game. The offence couldn't reward him for another strong game. The only problem was Canucks vs Oilers were stuck in their zone. Made it very hard to get shots and pressure on the other team. Things started to get feisty as Vancouver was clearly getting frustrated.
It was another fast period as the referees kept the whistles in their pockets. The Canucks vs Oilers pulled Markstrom with 1:45 to go in the game. They had very little zone time six on five. They were able to manage a couple of very late chances on Koskinen. He was equal to the task and the clock ran out for the Canucks. Edmonton was able to split the home and home winning 3-2.
Canucks And Oilers Home Stands Coming
After the home and home between the Canucks vs Oilers. Both teams will enjoy their own ice for a little while. Edmonton returns home with a win and a 3 point lead over the Arizona Coyotes for first in the Pacific. More importantly, they increase their lead to 6 over San Jose. And 7 points over the Canucks.
Edmonton will come home to play Ottawa, The LA Kings, Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes. 4 games that they would expect to win. Edmonton could get the kind of lead in the Pacific that McDavid and Draisaitl have in the scoring race. After tonights Canucks vs Oilers game, they are seven points clear of Bostons Dynamic Duo.
Vancouver headed into tonight starting a long stretch of games at home. Tonights 3-2 loss to Edmonton kicked off the start of 12 of 15 games at home. The month of December will be very kind to the Canucks. They will need to make the best of the home stretch. Currently holding down the 2nd wildcard. The Western conference is starting to bunch up.
An impressive number this year so far for the Canucks. How many players they have at the top of the league in scoring. After Sunday nights game Vancouver had 5 players in the top 45 in NHL scoring. Pretty impressive considering teams of the past couple years have had a hard time scoring.
Vancouver hosts the Senators Tuesday night. Alex Burrows will be honoured into the Ring of Honor and it should be a great crowd. Ottawa is playing above their weight class right now. This is a game the Canucks need to come out and dominate. Not only for Burrows who helped "Slay the Dragon" but to set a tempo for December.
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