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Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks Game 37 notes, prediction & tweets!

Home Stretch

Fresh off the trade deadline, the Vancouver Canucks host the Edmonton Oilers tonight in the city’s first chance to see what Derek Roy can bring to the table.

He’ll centre the second line for now before dropping down to the third once Ryan Kesler returns sometime next week, giving the Canucks that third line centre they’ve been craving all year. Great job, Mike.

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (19– 11– 6) v Edmonton Oilers (16– 13–7)
Venue: Rogers Arena
Time: 7:30 pm PT
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040

Game Notes

Surprisingly, the Oilers enter the night in eighth place, just five points back of Minnesota and Vancouver for the Northwest Division lead. They’re fresh off an 8-2 spanking of the Calgary Flames last night and the Canucks better hope that those legs are tired if they want to avoid getting lit up by what is fast becoming an offensive dynamo in Edmonton.

What to watch: Edmonton

The Canucks better watch that top line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle because they’ve been steamrolling opponents lately. Hall has 14 points in his last five games, as it looks like the youth movement in Edmonton is finally mature enough to drag this team out of the depths of the Western Conference.

It may not be enough to secure them their first playoff spot in seven years, but they’ll only build on this for the years to come.

It may be time to start fearing the Oilers.

It may be time to start fearing the Oilers.

It may be time to start fearing the Oilers.Line-up

  • Taylor Hall-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Jordan Eberle
  • Magnus Paajarvi-Sam Gagner-Ales Hemsky
  • Ryan Jones-Shawn Horcoff-Nail Yakupov
  • Lennart Petrell-Ryan Smyth-Mike Brown
  • Nick Schultz-Justin Schultz
  • Ladislav Smid-Jeff Petry
  • Ryan Whitney-Corey Potter
  • Devan Dubynk

What to watch: Vancouver

A day after the Roy trade, Canuck fans held onto an out of context quote from Laurence Gilman assuring a radio station that they were going “all-in” only to see no movement at the deadline.

Clowe chose New York and had insane contract demands, Raffi Torres didn’t end up back in the fold, and if you believe Dave Nonis’ cousin, the Leafs GM turned down Luongo for a couple second round picks and Ben Scrivens.

Still, the Canucks addressed their biggest need and there’s no reason to believe this team isn’t better than last week. Derek Roy gives this line-up some scary flexibility.

You can bitch about the lack of depth moves until you’re blue in the face, but the Roy acquisition is significant.

Line-up

Prediction

Derek Roy picks his first goal as a Canuck in a 5-3 victory.

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