The Vancouver Canucks (19-9-6) will look to extend their win streak to a season-high seven games tonight when they visit the Edmonton Oilers (13-13-7) for a Northwest Division clash on Hockey Night in Canada.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The Canucks are closing out their March schedule and opening a short two-game road swing tonight. They will be seeking their seventh straight victory tonight which would mark a season-high. The last time the Canucks won seven in a row was just about this time last year. They posted a seven-game win streak from March 22 to April 3, 2012.
- The Oilers are playing the second game of their three-game home stand tonight and are looking to extend their win streak to three games which would mark a season-high. They began their home stand with a 6-4 win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
- The last time Edmonton managed to win three in a row was just over a year ago. They swept a three-game home stand from January 31 to February 4, 2012 knocking off the Avalanche, Blackhawks and Red Wings. The second win of that streak, which came against Chicago, was the night Oilers' F Sam Gagner had his memorable four-goal, eight-point night.
- The Canucks are hoping to have F Zack Kassian back in the lineup tonight. Kassian has missed the last five straight games and seven of the last eight overall with a back ailment. D Keith Ballard, who has a small fracture in his foot, will miss his second straight game as he is not with the team on their current road trip.
- Canucks G Cory Schneider will make his seventh consecutive start which would mark a new career-high for him. A victory tonight would also equal a personal career-high win streak for him. He set that mark last season when he won seven in a row from December 29, 2011 to February 24, 2012.
- The Canucks have an opportunity to stretch their lead atop the Northwest Division tonight. They enter the day sitting two points up on Wild. With a win and a loss by Minnesota to Los Angeles, Vancouver could move four points clear of the Wild with Minnesota holding just one game in hand.
- Tonight marks the third of five meetings between the Canucks and Oilers, and the first of two meetings the teams will have in the next six days. The teams will do battle again next Thursday back at Rogers Arena.
- The Canucks and Oilers have split their first two meetings of the season with each team picking up 3-2 victories in games that required extra time. The Oilers won their game in a shootout while the Canucks won the most recent meeting on February 4 in overtime with D Chris Tanev playing hero scoring with just 20 seconds left in the extra session.
- The Canucks have earned points in six straight meetings against Edmonton (5-0-1) dating back to last season. They have also won two straight games at Rexall Place and three of their last four in Edmonton overall.
- Prior to Thursday, the last time that Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows all scored a goal in the same game was December 23, 2010 – a 7-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena.
- Five players share the season series lead with two points each: Canucks F Jannik Hansen (1-1-2), F Daniel (0-2-2) and F Henrik Sedin (0-2-2), along with Oilers F Alex Hemsky (2-0-0) and F Sam Gagner (0-2-2).
- While two of their four goals against the Avs on Thursday was into an empty net, the offensive outburst is still noteworthy as it was just the seventh time this season the Canucks have managed to score four-or-more goals in a game. Vancouver has won all seven games in which they've scored four-or-more goals.
- Oilers F Sam Gagner will be appearing in his 400th career NHL game tonight.
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