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The Vancouver Canucks will host the Edmonton Oilers tonight in the second of back-to-back games for both teams tonight at Rogers Arena.

The Canucks broke out for five goals last night against the Coyotes and may need another offensive outburst tonight against an Oilers team that also put up five against the Predators last night.

Tired Teams

After a couple of five-goal performances for the Canucks and Oilers last night a pair of tired teams will battle it out tonight at Rogers Arena. The Canucks iced 11 forwards in their overtime win over the Coyotes last night but could be a step behind a younger Oilers team that cruised to a comfortable 5-1 victory.

As Tyler Dellow pointed out this morning Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins managed to limit his forwards’ ice time last night however defencemen Justin Schultz could be skating with heavy legs tonight after playing 24:25 last night.

Back To Bryz

Ilya Bryzgalov will start tonight’s game for the Oilers after Ben Scrivens iced a solid 34-save performance last night in Edmonton. Bryzgalov has struggled for the Oilers so far this season with a 3.30 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.

Luongo will be looking for his fourth win of the season tonight against the Oilers.

Luongo will be looking for his fourth win of the season tonight against the Oilers.

The Universe will also be looking for his first win in five starts tonight after allowing three goals or more in all six games he has started in the month of January.

Luongo Locked In

Roberto Luongo will start against the Oilers for the fourth time this season after earning the win last night against the Coyotes. While last night’s win was a sloppy performance on Luongo’s behalf it is clear the Canucks want to ride the hot hand when it comes to the Oilers.

Luongo has won all three starts against the Oilers this season posting a .958 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average.

Kids And The Hall

While the Oilers have struggled to score against the Canucks this season a couple of their young guns have been heating up heading into tonight’s divisional matchup.

Taylor Hall has assists in four-straight games heading into tonight’s action while Jordan Eberle has four goals and two assists over his last five.

Look for Edmonton’s young guns to be flying tonight at Rogers Arena.

Schroeder Returns

Jordan Schroeder is set to play for the Canucks tonight after missing over three months with an ankle injury.

Schroeder played in Utica over the weekend but is ready to make the most of his opportunity with the Canucks after having his start to the NHL season cut short in late October.

Dale Weise and David Booth are both expected to sit out of tonight’s game.

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