NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 7th
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (32-39-10) at Vancouver Canucks (50-22-9), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Although they locked up the Northwest Division title two
weeks ago, the Vancouver Canucks will have something to play for on the final
day of the regular season, as they host the lowly Edmonton Oilers tonight at
The Canucks will continue their fight for the top seed in the West and the
Presidents' Trophy when they take the ice tonight. Vancouver can lock up the
top seed in the conference with a point in tonight's game or a loss by St.
Louis in its regular-season finale against Dallas.
Vancouver also enters the final day of the NHL's regular season tied with the
New York Rangers for the league's best record at 109 points. The Rangers, who
host Washington tonight, hold the tiebreaker over the Canucks and can claim
the Presidents' Trophy with a win over the Capitals.
Not surprisingly, Vancouver has gotten the better of the last-place Oilers
this season, winning four of the five matchups between the Northwest Division
foes. The Canucks have won eight of 11 overall in this series and Edmonton has
lost in seven of its last eight trips to Vancouver.
The Canucks had their longest winning streak of the season snapped in their
last contest, dropping a 3-2 regulation decision in Calgary to halt a seven-
game tear. Mike Cammalleri scored twice in the third period to help lift the
Flames to the win and deal Vancouver its first regulation defeat since March
Alexandre Burrows and Jannik Hansen lit the lamp for Vancouver, while Cory
Schneider made 25 saves in the loss.
"They really took it to us in the third and scored three goals," said Canucks
head coach Alain Vigneault.
The Canucks are finishing the regular season with six of their last seven
games at home. Vancouver has a strong 26-10-4 record as the host this year.
Vancouver is still without forward Daniel Sedin, who will miss his ninth
straight game with a concussion. There is still no timetable for Sedin's
return and he is expected to miss at least the start of his team's opening
Canucks forward Zack Kassian is also questionable for tonight after missing
the last game with an upper-body injury.
The Oilers will miss the playoffs for a sixth straight season and enter the
final day of the campaign having lost two straight and four of their last five
games. Edmonton was dealt an overtime loss by visiting Anaheim on Thursday, as
Ryan Getzlaf scored 1:12 into the extra session to lift the Ducks to a 3-2
Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle both scored for the Oilers, who dropped their
final four home games of the season and ended the year with an 18-17-6 record
at Rexall Place. Devan Dubnyk gave up all three goals on 17 shots.
The Oilers have a dismal 14-22-4 record on the road this year.
04/07 11:05:30 ET