|Sedins a puzzle for Edmonton to solve
Jason Botchford said that it has been difficult in the past for the Edmonton Oilers to find a line to match-up against the Sedin twins.
“They've tried different matchups. They've altered their defensive zone coverage. They've tried to be more physical. And they've tried to back off,” said Botchford.
“The Oilers haven't been able to find an answer for the Sedin twins, who have turned Edmonton's end of the ice into their own playground, dominating puck possession while piling up points and wins.”
Botchford said, “The Canucks have beaten the Oilers seven games in a row and eight of their last 10, and a lot of that success can be attributed to the Swedish brothers, who have spelled double trouble for Edmonton, combining for 31 points in those 10 games.”
"A lot of the times during the past couple of years we've played against the same players, 5-on-5 and on the PK, and we really started to learn what they like to do -- and that helps," Daniel said.
|And you thought the Canucks had it tough
Ben Kuzma said that the Oilers are also having difficulties with their players as injuries are piling up, similar to the Canucks.
“As much as the Canucks are lamenting the loss of injured defencemen Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo and Lukas Krajicek, the Oilers will be without blueliners Sheldon Souray, Joni Pitkanen, Mathieu Roy and Matt Greene for the Northwest Division matchup,” said Kuzma.
"You have to fast-track them when you have as many injuries as we do now," added Staios."But they've responded really well. Injuries are a part of the game, but you hope they don't keep piling up on us."
|Full recovery under way
Ben Kuzma said the Kevin Bieksa is healing well, but it might take longer to heal than wanted.
Kuzma said, “The good news for Kevin Bieksa is that his leg cast will come off Thursday and the stitches holding his lacerated calf together from a freak Nov. 1 injury will also be removed.”
"I was told by the surgeon that everything is going to heal fine and he has seen this happen a lot of times," Bieksa said Tuesday of the Nov. 2 procedure that lasted less than an hour. "He's got no reason right now to believe I won't make a full recovery."
“The bad news for the Vancouver Canucks defenceman is that the timetable for his return is uncertain,” said Kuzma. “It could be two months, four months or even longer. It depends on whether he'll be fitted with a similar cast Thursday, a softer version or a walking boot and how the injury is progressing.
"The only timeline I was given was the four to six weeks to see how the muscle comes back together and heals," added Bieksa. "After that, I'll maybe have a better understanding of how quickly the rehab will go.”
"Obviously, it's a couple of months at the minimum, but who knows? It could be quicker."
|If it’s Wednesday, it must be Vancouver
Gordon McIntyre said that a Steve Williamson from Orlando is attending 30 NHL games within 30 days in 30 different cities.
“Employed by Orlando's convention bureau, Williamson began his tour Oct. 26 in Detroit. It ends 48,000 kilometres later on Nov. 24 at Tampa Bay, home of his beloved Lightning,” said McIntyre.
“He's due in town tonight for the Canucks-Oilers game before flying Thursday to Edmonton, where he'll catch the Wild -- a team he's going to have to endure four times in eight days.”
"No, I'm having the time of my life. I'm surprised no one's done it before," said Williamson.
"The Bell Centre in Montreal [is my favourite rink]. It was the first game I saw up in Canada [Game 5 on Oct. 30 vs. Atlanta] and it completely lived up to my expectations. I was five rows from the top, but it was just a great place to watch hockey."
|THE CANADIAN PRESS
|Oilers recall Drouin-Deslauriers
The Canadian Press notes that, “The Edmonton Oilers recalled goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.”
“The six-foot-four, 189-pound native of St. Jean-Richelieu, Que., posted a 6-2-3 record with a 2.22 goals-against average for the Falcons this season.”
“Drouin-Deslauriers, 23, was selected by the Oilers in the second round (31st overall) of the 2002 NHL entry draft.”