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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 4/4/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



EDMONTON (16-13-0-7, 39 pts.) at VANCOUVER (19-11-0-6, 44 pts.)
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Thursday, 4/4/2013 10:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
67EDMONTON+160Ov 5,-120+155Ov 5,-120
68VANCOUVER-185Un 5,+100-175Un 5,+100
EDMONTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games16-20-0-216-20-212-182.727.22.732.7
Team Stats (Road Games)8-11-0-0.88-11-0.88-102.725.02.733.9
Last 5 Games5-0-0+65-0+62-
vs. Division7-5-0+2.57-5+2.54-83.529.12.233.0
EDMONTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)36993829284697910.1%1303123.8%172
Team Stats (Road Games)19522215132247510.9%671522.4%92
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)52511770112719.7%10440.0%42
Team Stats (vs. Division)12421811121334912.0%391538.5%73
Stats Against (All Games) 982632337611778.3%1292015.5%165
Stats Against (Road Games) 51122115346447.9%681116.2%86
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 7412001514.6%900.0%10
Stats Against (vs. Division) 27989113966.8%4137.3%48
EDMONTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
YANN DANIS (All Games)31595288.1%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
YANN DANIS (Road Games)21453884.4%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
YANN DANIS (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)31595288.1%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)302887280492.2%213-15-1.113-15-0-110-13
DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)161549045592.9%17-8+0.37-8-007-7
DEVAN DUBNYK (vs. Division)121237835393.4%17-5+2.57-5-0+24-8
DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)43878496.6%13-0+3.23-0-0+31-2
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)8724322693.0%03-4+03-4-001-5
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Road Games)3310710295.3%01-2-0.11-2-000-3
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (vs. Division)10171694.1%00-000-0-000-0
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)4412311391.9%02-2+0.92-2-0+11-3

VANCOUVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games19-17-0-4.419-17-4.413-182.628.22.628.1
Team Stats (Home Games)10-8-0-2.810-8-2.88-82.928.82.628.2
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.63-2+0.60-
vs. Division8-5-0+1.28-5+1.23-82.629.12.228.2
VANCOUVER Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)36942836255810149.3%1251612.8%146
Team Stats (Home Games)18531423133751810.2%62914.5%80
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510234131327.6%9111.1%14
Team Stats (vs. Division)13348168233789.0%47714.9%50
Stats Against (All Games) 932433306710129.2%1262318.3%149
Stats Against (Home Games) 4791718345089.3%58915.5%73
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 10532001377.3%15320.0%19
Stats Against (vs. Division) 281089123677.6%46919.6%50
VANCOUVER - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)161440636790.4%17-7-37-7-0-25-8
ROBERTO LUONGO (Home Games)9822920890.8%14-4-2.24-4-0-23-5
ROBERTO LUONGO (vs. Division)7617816592.7%13-3-1.23-3-001-5
ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)431069286.8%01-2-2.41-2-0-22-1
CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)222260455792.2%112-10-1.512-10-0-28-10
CORY SCHNEIDER (Home Games)101027825692.1%16-4-0.66-4-0-15-3
CORY SCHNEIDER (vs. Division)7718817593.1%05-2+2.45-2-0+32-3
CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)44878193.1%12-2-0.42-2-000-2
Average power rating of opponents played: EDMONTON 3.03,  VANCOUVER 3.18
EDMONTON - Schedule
3/8/2013at NASHVILLE0-6L0, +160L5 unO
3/10/2013at CHICAGO6-5W0, +180W5 ovO
3/12/2013at COLORADO4-0W0, +130W5.5 unU
3/15/2013DETROIT2-3L0, +100L5 ovP
3/17/2013NASHVILLE3-2W0, -120W5 ovP
3/20/2013SAN JOSE3-4L0, -110L5 ovO
3/23/2013ST LOUIS0-3L0, +130L5.5 unU
3/25/2013at NASHVILLE2-3L0, +135L5 ovP
3/26/2013at ST LOUIS3-0W0, +190W5.5 unU
3/28/2013COLUMBUS6-4W0, -130W5 ovO
3/30/2013VANCOUVER4-0W0, +115W5 ovU
4/1/2013CALGARY4-1W0, -165W5.5 unU
4/3/2013at CALGARY8-2W0, -130W5.5 unO
4/4/2013at VANCOUVER 
4/6/2013at LOS ANGELES 
4/8/2013at ANAHEIM 

VANCOUVER - Schedule
3/10/2013at MINNESOTA2-4L0, -130L5 evO
3/12/2013at COLUMBUS2-1W0, -145W5.5 unU
3/14/2013NASHVILLE7-4W0, -170W5 unO
3/16/2013DETROIT2-5L0, -185L5 ovO
3/18/2013MINNESOTA1-3L0, -150L5 ovU
3/19/2013ST LOUIS3-2W0, -125W5.5 unU
3/21/2013at PHOENIX2-1W0, -115W5 ovU
3/23/2013at LOS ANGELES1-0W0, +135W5 evU
3/24/2013at COLORADO3-2W0, -135W5.5 unU
3/26/2013COLUMBUS1-0W0, -180W5 ovU
3/28/2013COLORADO4-1W0, -235W5 ovP
3/30/2013at EDMONTON0-4L0, -135L5 ovU
4/1/2013at SAN JOSE2-3L0, +105L5 ovP
4/10/2013at CALGARY 
4/13/2013at COLORADO 
4/15/2013at NASHVILLE 

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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Oilers-Canucks Preview* ========================


Edmonton (15-13-7) at Vancouver (19-11-6), 10:30 p.m. EDT

The Vancouver Canucks were unable to shed Roberto Luongo's hefty contract at the trade deadline, but they are expected to have the one player they did acquire on the ice when they try to avoid a third consecutive loss.

Veteran forward Derek Roy could make his debut with the Canucks on Thursday night as they look to prevent the visiting Edmonton Oilers from extending their season-high winning streak to six games.

Vancouver (19-11-6) again tried to deal Luongo and his 12-year, $64 million contract that still has nine seasons remaining after 2013, but there were no takers before Wednesday's deadline.

"My contract sucks," said Luongo, who is 7-4-3 with a 2.44 goals-against average and has only made one relief appearance over the last eight games. "That's what the problem is, and unfortunately it's a big factor in trading me and it's probably why I am still here. ... I'd scrap it if I could right now."

Luongo, however, stated that he's relieved - at least for the rest of this season - even though Cory Schneider has taken over the starting role.

"It's nice to get past this point and really focus and doing what I can do to help this team. Things have been emotionally tough," he said.

Tied with Minnesota for first place in the Northwest Division, Vancouver's only deadline move was the acquisition of Roy from Dallas in exchange for defenseman Kevin Connauton and a second-round pick. In his ninth season, Roy had four goals and 18 assists in 30 games with the Stars.

One of each came in his three games versus Edmonton (16-13-7).

Though injured forwards Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond appear close to returning to the ice, Roy adds immediate reinforcement for a Vancouver team that was outscored 7-2 while losing two in a row following a six-game winning streak.

The Canucks fell behind 3-0 before Chris Higgins and Alex Burrows scored in a 3-2 loss at San Jose on Monday.

"You look at all the good teams and they are scoring three goals a game," said Higgins, who has two goals with an assist in three games after being held without a point in the previous eight. "We can't expect to win scoring twice."

Vancouver has managed only five goals while losing two of three to the Oilers, including 4-0 at Edmonton on Saturday. Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves in that contest, and allowed two goals on the first two shots he faced Wednesday before the Oilers scored eight unanswered for an 8-2 rout at Calgary.

Taylor Hall had a goal with four assists, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added one with three assists, and Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov each scored twice for Edmonton, which owns the eighth and final playoff spot in the crowded Western Conference.

The Oilers have outscored their last five opponents 25-7 during the team's longest winning stretch since a six-game run Oct. 22-Nov. 3, 2011. They have not been to the playoffs since 2005-06.

"Obviously it's been a few years of rebuilding and we want to take the next step," Nugent-Hopkins, who has 10 assists in his last six games, told the NHL's official website. "We're ready to do that and all of us here are excited about this opportunity that we have. We're ready to make a playoff push."

Hall, who recorded his third career hat trick against the Canucks on Saturday, has seven goals and eight assists in his past six games.

The Oilers acquired winger Jerred Smithson from Nashville on Wednesday, but he is not expected to join the team until this weekend as his wife is due to give birth to their first child.

Last Updated: 6/24/2018 5:03:21 PM EST

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