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The Canucks opened the preseason with two losses against the Calgary Flames Tuesday night but have a chance to get right back at it as they host the Edmonton Oilers tonight.
Vancouver hasn't suffered a preseason loss in their first game since the 07-08 season - also the last time the club didn't make the playoffs. They went on the finish that preseason 4-2-1.
In preseason meetings between the Canucks and Oilers in the last three years, the Canucks have had the advantage, winning five of six games between the two teams and outscoring Edmonton 23-17.
All the talk surrounding Edmonton involves their 2010 first overall pick, Taylor Hall but Vancouver fans will have to wait to see him skate at Rogers Arena. He will not dress tonight as the Oilers see their first preseason action.
It took the Canucks 31:01 to get on the scoreboard last night in Vancouver and ultimately didn't have enough offense to stop the Flames, who won 3-1. Summer free-agent signing, Raffi Torres scored the Canucks lone goal, while Cory Schneider played the bulk of the game, making 17 saves on 18 shots through two periods of play.
In Calgary, the Canucks opened the scoring with a goal by Jannik Hansen early in the first. A late third period goal by Jarome Iginla sealed the Canucks fate as they went down 3-2 Tuesday night. Marco Rosa, who was re-assigned to Manitoba following the game, notched the other Canucks goal.
The Canucks dressed decidedly young lineups in last night's games, giving several prospects a chance to play in some NHL action. As a result, Canucks vets like Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Mikael Samuelsson, and Ryan Kesler all sat out and watched from the press box.
Also noticeably missing from both lineups was Roberto Luongo, who will get to play in part of tonight's matchup against the Oilers. Head coach Alain Vigneault is adamant that in the early part of the preseason, no goalie will play a full game so expect Luongo to split the game with one of the other four net-minders in the queue.Game time is 7pm PT and can be seen on Canucks.com and Rogers Sportsnet One.