Tale of the Tape: Canucks vs. Oilers (1.20.13)
Tonight’s game is presented by Charter Bus Lines of British Columbia.
|Team Record: 0-1-0
Last Game: 3-7 L vs Anaheim (JAN.19.13)
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-0 W (APR.07.12)
|Team Record: 0-0-0
Last Game: 0-3 L at Vancouver (APR.07.12)
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 0-3 L (APR.07.12)
Less than 24 hours after turning in a dismal opening night performance against the Ducks, the Canucks (0-1-0) will look for a bounce back effort tonight when they welcome the high-flying Oilers (0-0-0) to Rogers Arena.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Tonight's game faces off at 6 pm PT and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific. Listen live on The TEAM 1040 Sports Radio or online at teamradio.ca.
Those away from a TV or radio can follow @CanucksGame on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.
THE CANUCKS WIN IF...
Alex Edler made plenty of positive headlines on Friday when it was announced he had agreed to a contract extension with the Canucks that will take him through the 2018.19 season. He was also one of the few Canucks that had any positive to speak of after yesterday's drubbing at the hands of the Ducks.
The 26-year-old defenseman gave Canucks fans hopefully a sign of things to come from him personally by netting a goal and adding a helper in the loss to the Ducks. Last season, Edler didn't find the back of the net until the 11th game of the season.
Edler had two assists in six games versus the Oilers last season and has 17 points (3-14-17) in 30 career games against Edmonton overall.
When Justin Schultz steps onto Rogers Arena ice to make his NHL debut tonight, there will be a handful of Canucks fans that will look upon him and see him as the one that got away. The highly sought-after rookie blue-liner reportedly came down to the Canucks and Oilers before ultimately signing in the Alberta capital.
Originally a second-round pick of the Ducks (43rd overall) in 2008, Schultz's play this year in the AHL with the OKC Barons has left Edmonton fans eagerly anticipating seeing him finally wearing an Oilers sweater. At the time the lockout ended, Schultz was the second-leading scorer in the AHL – behind only teammate Jordan Eberle – with 18 goals and 48 points in just 34 games played.
Schultz played Junior "A" with the BCHL's Westside Warriors before moving onto the University of Wisconsin where he starred for the Badgers for the past three years prior to turning pro.
Game Notes on Canucks.com are written by Daniel Fung. Follow him on Twitter @daniel_fung or e-mail him at email@example.com.
2012.13 Regular Season
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For the Canucks...
F Ryan Kesler (shoulder/wrist surgery) and F David Booth (strained groin) are on the injured reserve list.
For the Oilers...
G Nikolai Khabibulin (groin) and D Theo Peckham (hip flexor) are day-to-day. F Ryan Jones (eye) and D Andy Sutton (knee) are out.
4 – Wins needed for Coach V to reach 400 career NHL victories.
9 – Points needed for Henrik Sedin (748) to surpass Markus Naslund (756) as the franchise's leading point scorer.
12 – Former first round picks on Edmonton's active roster, including three former first overall selections.
212th – All-time meeting between the Canucks and Oilers. Vancouver trails the all-time series 85-99-27.
408 – Straight sellouts for Canucks hockey at Rogers Arena entering tonight's game. The streak dates back November 14, 2002 and includes 362 regular season games and 46 playoff games.
@hosea24hours- Where's Joe Cannata?! #canucks
@RobTheHockeyGuy- "Not as easy as it looks eh kid?" –Luongo to Schneider (probably)
@EdmontonOilers- "It’s going to be great. I've got a lot of family and friends coming to the game." – BC native J-Schultz on starting @NHL career in #yvr
The Oilers are only the second team in NHL history to have selected in the first overall position at the NHL Entry Draft for three consecutive years after nabbing Nail Yakupov with the first pick this past summer. The only other team to select first overall in three straight years was the Quebec Nordiques from 1989 to 1991.
The Nordiques eventually moved to Colorado to become the Avalanche and won a Stanley Cup in their first year there in 1996. By that point, however, all three of those first overall picks – Mats Sundin, Owen Nolan and Eric Lindros – had already departed from the organization. Nolan was the only one of the three to play for the Avalanche while Lindros never suited up for that franchise at all.