Canucks look for 1st road win in Edmonton

Vancouver has been a roll at home lately, but it's yet to be seen whether they can take that act on the road. As they land in Edmonton on Tuesday, the Canucks will be looking for their first win this season away from the Rogers Arena.

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

Vancouver (5-3-2)

  • 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 headCanucks — 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.

Goaltending matchup

Vancouver — Roberto Luongo or Corey Schneider

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.

The series

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.

Injury report

Vancouver — Alexandre Bolduc (ankle) and Sami Salo  (Achilles)

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