Canucks look for 1st road win in Edmonton
Vancouver may get lift from return of last season's leading scorer Burrows
What's at stake
The Vancouver Canucks have been on a roll at home lately but it has yet to be seen whether they can take that act on the road.
They'll land in Edmonton on Tuesday with a three-game winning streak under their belt, (including a 3-0 shutout of New Jersey on Monday) but have yet to win away from Rogers Arena, going 0-3-1 in the four games away from the comfort of home.
After a tough road stretch (1-0-2), the Oilers return home with four out of a possible six points and possibly some extra confidence after beating the defending Stanley Cup champions in their own barn by a score of 7-4.
By the numbers
- Goals scored: 27
- Goals against: 24
- Current streak: W3
- Goals scored: 28
- Goals against: 33
- Current streak: 1W
Puck drop: 9 p.m. ET
Rink: Rexall Place
Head to head: Canucks — Oilers
Players to watch
Vancouver — Alex Burrows
Last season, his addition to the Sedin line produced a banner year for Burrows, who led the team with 35 goals. This being his first game of the season following off-season shoulder surgery, many are wondering what to expect from the 29-year-old left-winger. Burrows told reporters he feels less than 100 per cent but a lot better than last year.
Edmonton — Sam Gagner
The 21-year-old potted his first two goals of the season in Chicago on Friday, and it will remain to be seen whether he can keep producing as a third-line centre. Meanwhile, his father, Dave, may be a bit torn about whom to root for, considering he works as an executive with the Canucks.
Luongo (3-3-2, 2.56 GAA, .918 sv%) posted a shutout in Monday night's home win over New Jersey and may be due for a rest. Schneider has sparked when called into action, holding a perfect 2-0-0 record, a goals-against average of 0.86 and a save percentage of .986.
Edmonton — Nikolai Khabibulin
Khabibulin has started all but one of his team's games and it looks like the rest paid off with the win in Chicago. The Bulin Wall has a 3-4-1 record, .901 save percentage and a 3.38 goals against-average. In more Oilers' goaltending news, it seems they've picked a permanent backup, placing Jeff Deslauriers on waivers and keeping Devan Dubnyk.
This is the first game between the two Northwest Division rivals. Last year's series went to the Canucks, who won four of the six meetings.
Edmonton — J.F. Jacques (back)
What they said
"We got the job done tonight and we head off on the road. We gotta start winning on the road here." — Canucks' Roberto Luongo
"Finishing off the trip with a big win over Chicago was huge. They're one of the best teams in the league, they won the Stanley Cup last year. It hopefully gives us confidence going into this tough stretch coming up." — Oilers' Andrew Cogliano