Saturday, April 7, 2012
Pre-Game: Game #82 Oilers vs. Canucks
So this is it. Game #82 is mercifully here and then, "hopefully", the bloodletting can stop and the healing can begin. Losing is a habit that is difficult to stop. Once it becomes abundantly repetitive, its habits become engrained in you until the point you need an exorcism to get rid of it. The more I think about things, the more I believe the re-signing of Ales Hemsky was a Daryl Katz move. It's a move that made very little sense for the Oilers organization, but screams of a long time fan that didn't want to see his hockey hero leave. There are reasons why fans aren't management types. Its because they need to remove the "fan" out of hockey making decisions and make solid hockey decisions for now and into the future. Now the Oilers are stuck trying to create a line around Ales Hemsky, something the Oilers haven't been able to do with much success over Hemsky's entire tenure here. The Canucks come into this game, losing 3-2 in Calgary on Thursday night. The Canucks will head into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the #1 seed in the Western Conference. High hopes and expectations for the Canucks this spring. As long as the Oilers don't walk away with two points out of this game, they will finish 29th in the NHL.
- The Sedins haven't had the point totals they have in the past, but they have been just as effective this year.
- Canucks have 4 solid Dmen in Bieksa, Edler, Salo and Hamhuis.
- Corey Schneider might be pushing for the Vezina this year if he could manage to get some more games in.
Special Teams Canucks
- Oilers PP and PK are 3rd and 14th while the Canucks are 6th and 6th. Slight edge Canucks.
- Alain Vigneault has an excellent feel for his hockey team.
- Essentially a mean nothing game for both teams, more of a tune-up game for the Canucks.
Game Time - 8 PM MT @ Vancouver on CBC.