The Edmonton Oilers head to Vancouver on Sunday for a game against the Canucks in a battle of two teams in the Pacific Division. Draisaitl, who nearly always gets a point when McDavid does, didn't get any in this one, and maybe Oilers coach Dave Tippett splits them up in Vancouver, playing Draisaitl with James Neal and McDavid with Kassian and player X and Y on their wings to make it more hard for Canucks' coach Travis Green. "He takes the game seriously".
"They're the best two players in the league right now and they capitalized on their power play", Canucks penalty killer Jordie Benn said. The Canucks are tied for 15 in the league in goals against by giving up three goals per contest on the year. Boeser tied it on a lovely passing play with Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller, and Josh Leivo's rebound goal against Mikko Koskinen briefly gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead at 12:06 of the middle frame.
"Actually hurt more behind the ear when they froze it, sticking needles up there". He just kind of takes over in that regard, especially when guys are gunning for him. Draisaitl's bad days are better than most players' good ones. "I wanted to play an important role and build off the year I had prior and for whatever reason, it just didn't work out". He's a good utility player.
Pettersson, 21, returned to Vancouver bigger and stronger this season and is not as vulnerable to the physicality of the National Hockey League as he was when he broke in as a skinny teenager.
"I feel great, I feel confident", Pettersson said. "I'm trying not to focus on people talking about a sophomore slump and things like that". Unfortunately for the Canucks, they were reunited for Sunday's power plays.
Yet, he was sent to the Bakersfield Condors to start the year where he had four points in four games before being recalled three weeks into the season.
Acquired from the Vancouver Canucks last season, who had loaned him to the Toronto Marlies after a demotion to the AHL, Gagner was expected to begin the season on the Oilers roster out of training camp. The only Oiler to score a goal on the night was Jujhar Khaira who scored on an assist from Darrell Nurse in the 1st period. He had three assists in an 8-6 loss, on the road, to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday where the Canucks blew a three-goal, third-period lead. In their last 5 games, Edmonton is 3-2 while Vancouver is 2-3. The teams meet again Sunday (8 p.m., MT) in Vancouver for the second game of the home-and-home series.
"We have to learn from that game in Pittsburgh", Pettersson said. "The two games back to back should be fun for us". "We talked about it, learned from the video and we move on". The Canucks entered Saturday night fifth in the Pacific Division, two points behind Vegas for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the division and seven points behind Edmonton for the division lead.
"I have lots of thoughts going through my mind", said Tippett. "I've had some good conversations with him way back to when I had him in Arizona".
"We'll manufacture a lineup, there are some guys that have been anxious for a little more time, a little more opportunity, so they'll get it tonight".
"He's exciting when he has the puck and he's playing well and he's engaged, he's obviously one of the top players skill-wise in the league".
Well, guess which team proved a point and got two in The Bounce Back? "Canucks" GM Jim Benning, uncle of Matt, went out to Sherwood Park Friday night to see his other nephew Michael, a possible second round draft pick next June, playing D for the Crusaders against Camrose Kodiaks.