|59||EDMONTON||+135||Ov 5.5,-105||+135||Ov 5.5,-105|
|60||VANCOUVER||-155||Un 5.5,-115||-155||Un 5.5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||14-27-0||-5.8||14-27||-5.8||21-20||2.5||26.0||3.1||32.4|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-2.8||1-4||-2.8||0-4||1.0||18.2||2.6||32.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||82||212||59||84||62||7||12||2186||9.7%||263||54||20.5%||357|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||41||104||27||44||30||3||6||1064||9.8%||124||24||19.4%||176|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||5||3||1||1||0||0||91||5.5%||9||1||11.1%||9|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||24||59||22||24||13||0||1||655||9.0%||86||14||16.3%||105|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||239||62||81||86||10||19||2518||9.5%||296||52||17.6%||382|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||126||31||42||49||4||12||1327||9.5%||147||25||17.0%||201|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||3||4||5||1||0||161||8.1%||22||3||13.6%||21|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||69||17||24||23||5||9||727||9.5%||86||14||16.3%||110|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||1||0||12||10||83.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||1||0||12||10||83.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||47||43||1380||1262||91.4%||5||20-23||+3.4||20-23-0||+3||20-22|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||24||23||765||701||91.6%||3||10-13||+3.1||10-13-0||+3||13-10|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (vs. Division)||14||11||358||329||91.9%||2||4-7||-2.3||4-7-0||-2||3-7|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||120||93.0%||2||1-3||-1.8||1-3-0||-2||0-4|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||40||39||1114||1014||91.0%||3||12-27||-14.4||12-27-0||-14||15-20|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Road Games)||18||18||554||504||91.0%||2||4-14||-8.8||4-14-0||-9||8-10|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (vs. Division)||13||13||365||334||91.5%||0||4-9||-5.1||4-9-0||-5||6-4|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||115||103||89.6%||0||0-4||-4.5||0-4-0||-4||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||27-17-0||-4.8||27-17||-4.8||21-20||3.0||32.7||2.5||30.7|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-5||1-4||-5||2-3||1.6||34.4||2.4||33.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||87||257||83||78||81||15||15||2755||9.3%||310||60||19.4%||438|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||44||134||43||35||49||7||8||1437||9.3%||148||27||18.2%||236|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||2||4||2||0||0||172||4.7%||21||3||14.3%||14|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||24||75||23||20||27||5||6||727||10.3%||89||16||18.0%||131|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||210||49||82||69||10||12||2692||7.8%||310||43||13.9%||350|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||108||25||37||41||5||8||1351||8.0%||133||23||17.3%||179|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||3||2||6||1||1||166||7.2%||26||3||11.5%||18|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||42||9||18||14||1||3||714||5.9%||84||11||13.1%||70|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||57||56||1641||1507||91.8%||5||32-24||-8.9||32-24-0||-10||26-21|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Home Games)||33||32||921||848||92.1%||5||19-13||-6.7||19-13-0||-8||17-13|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (vs. Division)||16||16||436||412||94.5%||3||13-3||+7||13-3-0||+7||5-7|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||4||96||85||88.5%||1||2-2||-1.3||2-2-0||-2||3-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||36||31||1046||982||93.9%||4||20-11||+4.2||20-11-0||+4||11-18|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Home Games)||15||12||426||399||93.7%||1||8-4||+1.8||8-4-0||+1||4-7|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (vs. Division)||10||8||276||261||94.6%||2||5-3||-0.1||5-3-0||+1||3-3|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||122||94.6%||1||1-3||-3.2||1-3-0||-3||0-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: EDMONTON 3.14, VANCOUVER 3.18|
|1/20/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|1/22/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|1/24/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|1/26/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|1/30/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|1/31/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|1/19/2013||ANAHEIM||3-7||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/25/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|1/27/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|1/28/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
LAST SEASON: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
LAST SEASON: 51-22-9, 111 points. Lost to Los Angeles 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Alain Vigneault, 7TH SEASON, 287-155-50; 11th overall 396-273-54.
ADDED: D Jason Garrison, D Derek Joslin, RW Guillaume Desbiens.
LOST: D Sami Salo, D Aaron Rome, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, RW Mark Mancari.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Cory Schneider. He replaced Roberto Luongo during last year's first-round exit and the 33-year-old goaltender seem to be on his way out. The 26-year-old Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.
OUTLOOK: The Canucks have perhaps more urgency than any other NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Vancouver led the league in points the past two regular seasons. After being a win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time in 2011, the Canucks won only one postseason game last year against the Kings.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (EDMONTON-VANCOUVER) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Vigneault quote)
*Oilers-Canucks Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Edmonton (0-0-0) at Vancouver (0-1-0), 9:00 p.m. EDT
After three consecutive last-place finishes, the youthful Edmonton Oilers are hoping to make positive strides under first-year coach Ralph Krueger.
Kicking off their season on a positive note, though, could prove difficult at Rogers Arena.
The Oilers try to pick up a rare road win Sunday night over a Vancouver Canucks team hoping to bounce back from an ugly loss in its opener.
Edmonton opened 8-2-2 last season but struggled down the stretch, finishing 32-40-10 and last in the Northwest Division. Despite those lackluster results, the Oilers open 2012-13 with plenty of optimism thanks in large part to their immensely talented core of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (19 years old), Taylor Hall (21) and Jordan Eberle (22).
Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, will center Edmonton's top line with Hall - the first overall pick in 2010 - on the left and Eberle on the right. Nugent-Hopkins had 18 goals and 34 assists in 62 games as a rookie last season while Hall posted 53 points in 61 contests. Eberle, meanwhile, led the team with 34 goals and 42 assists.
Edmonton is also counting on 19-year-old forward Nail Yakupov, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, to make an impact. He's expected to skate on the second line with center Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky.
"We have a lot of skilled players and we will work pretty well this year," Yakupov said.
After allowing 232 goals last season to rank 23rd in the league, the Oilers hope the addition of 22-year-old free agent Justin Schultz will help improve the defense.
Schultz starred in the AHL for Oklahoma City during the lockout, compiling 18 goals and 48 points. Krueger, though, expects some bumps along the way as Schultz adapts to the NHL.
"We're going to be patient with him and everybody needs to be patient with him," said Krueger, who replaces Tom Renney behind the bench. "We're very confident he's going to become a top player, but he needs his time to deal with the game without the puck. It will be a lot more challenging here. The physical battles down low in our end will be a lot more difficult."
Schultz could be in for a rude awakening Sunday at Vancouver (0-1-0), which has outscored Edmonton 33-16 during an 8-1-0 run at home. The Canucks also went 5-1-0 overall in this series last season, winning the last four meetings by a 15-7 margin.
"It's a game in Vancouver where everybody's expecting Vancouver to take the points so let's go right at them, right away and let's play to win and not to try and keep the game close or not to lose," Krueger told the team's official website. "It's about playing forward, playing with our speed and using our weapons all the time. That's what we're going to worry about."
Vancouver appears to have plenty of concerns of its own if its season opener is any indication.
While many were looking forward to the Cory Schneider era, he started poorly Saturday in a 7-3 loss to visiting Anaheim. Schneider, who signed a three-year, $12 million contract over the summer, allowed five goals before being removed in favor of Roberto Luongo early in the second period.
Luongo, who was expected to be traded after taking a backseat to Schneider, stopped 10 of 12 shots.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault declined to say who would start in goal Sunday.
"I'm going to talk to my starting goaltender soon and they will definitely know before you know," he said. "This game is about performance and at the time I pulled Schneids I thought it was the right thing to do for the team."
Alex Edler and Daniel Sedin both had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which is without injured forwards Ryan Kesler (shoulder, wrist) and David Booth (groin).
Devan Dubnyk is expected to start in goal for Edmonton. He went 0-3-1 with a 3.22 goals-against average against the Canucks last season.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 8:52:06 PM EST|