Canucks vs. Oilers - Game Preview
Saturday, 09.19.2009 / 4:00 PM
The Vancouver Canucks enter their third game in as many nights as they play their first game at GM Place against the Edmonton Oilers.
So far, in three games, the Canucks are flawless, dressing different lineups in all three games.
One unanimous opinion is the emergence of Russian, Sergei Shirokov
, who joined the Canucks for his first NHL training camp since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Entry draft.
Shirokov scored both Canuck goals in the preseason opener in Terrace and earned two assists in Friday's game in San Jose, where he got a chance to skate on a line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin
and Alex Edler will make their preseason debut at GM Place along with Cody Hodgson
, who is just returning from rehabbing a back injury.
Coming into training camp, there were plenty of speculations of Hodgson and 2006 first round draft, Michael Grabner, making the shortlist of players that may crack the Canucks roster this season. Add Shirokov to the mix and the competition grows even stiffer.
Edmonton is coming off of a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers last night at Rexall Place. Oilers fans welcomed Mike Comrie back into Rexall Place with open arms and watched him assist in all four Oilers goals and even took part in a fight with Eric Himelfarb.
Oilers goals came from Taylor Chorney, Patrick O'Sullivan, Sean Horcoff and JF Jacques. Goaltender Tomas Vokoun stopped 22 of 26 shots after 40 minutes of play while Tyler Plante, his replacement turned aside all 12 shots that he faced. Nikolai Khabibulin started his season off with a shutout stopping all 18 Panthers shots.
Liam Reddox, Jordan Eberle, and Jeff Deslauriers are three of the Oilers' prospects to keep and eye on in Saturday's game.
Watch the game live on Canucks.com beginning at 7:00pm PST.