National Hockey League action on Sunday evening and a pair of teams from the Pacific Division will square off as the Edmonton Oilers grapple with the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canucks won game one of this home-and-home series and the teams have now each won one game against each other on the year.
Mediocrity Continues For The OIlersThe Edmonton Oilers are leading the Pacific Division but they are not playing all that well at the moment. Edmonton enters this game having lost five of their last nine games and the only reason why they are still in first place is due to the fact that Arizona lost yesterday, just as the Oilers did. The offense has been in a bit of a funk of late as the Oilers have scored a total of 11 goals over their last five games after notching 24 goals over their previous five games. They have a shot at getting their offense back on track in this one as the Canucks have allowed an average of 2.80 gpg at home. Scoring in the loss was Connor McDavid, which was his 19th of the year and Zack Kassian, which was his 9th. Edmonton is 9-7 on the road and they have averaged 2.69 gpg and have allowed 2.56 gpg in those games.
Absorbing the loss was Mike Smith, who allowed five goals on 38 shot attempts to fall to 7-8 on the year. Getting the nod for the Oilers will be Mikko Koskinen and he has gone 9-4 with a 2.56 GAA on the year, including 5-2 with a 2.56 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 17-18 with a 3.12 GAA out on the road and 4-5 with a 3.04 GAA during the month of December, plus 2-2 with a 3.26 GAA against the Canucks.The Oilers enter this game ranked 13th in the league in scoring at 3.11 gpg and 1st in power-play conversions at 32.0% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 9th in the league in goals allowed at 2.81 gpg and 2nd in penalty kill at 87.5%.
Canucks Pick Up Big Win Against The OilersThe Vancouver Canucks have been struggling of late but they were able to pick up a much-needed win over the Oilers in game one of this home-and-home series. Vancouver had lost nine of their previous 12 games, so it was a shot in the arm for them and they will now look to build on that win. Vancouver is now just 13-14 on the year over and despite their struggles of late, they are just five points out of first in the Pacific Division. This has been a long road trip for the Canucks (6 games) so they are glad to be home where they have gon 5-5 and have averaged 4.00 gpg and have allowed 2.80 gpg on the year. Scoring in the win was Tyler Graovac, which was his 2nd of the year, Tanner Pearson, who scored twice and now has seven on the year, Loui Eriksson, which was his 1st of the year and Josh Leivo, which was his 3rd.
Getting the nod for the Canucks will be Thatcher Demko and he has gone 5-5 with a 2.,92 GAA on the year, including 3-1 with a 2.78 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 7-2 with a 2.85 GAA in his home games and 0-1 with a 3.06 GAA against the Oilers.The Canucks enter this game ranked 12th in the league in scoring at 3.15 gpg and 4th in power-play conversions at 26.7% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 15th in the league in goals allowed at 3.00 gpg and 15th in penalty kill at 82.2%.
- 35-17 in their last 52 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days
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