too bad we aren't catching the nucks at home as we could line match them very effectively. With Kesler injured, they are a one line team. Stop the sedins and you win as (so aptly put by one of their fans last night) the canucks bottom 9 is lottery team quality.
The key to winning will be to stay out of the box and limit the icing calls. The sedins are on the ice after every icing call. Offensive zone start vs a tired line is a huge part of their ES scoring stats.
One other thing pointing to the canucks' demise is the fans' belief that the team is not tough enough. An aggressive skating team will give them problems and we saw that last night. This is Krueger's master plan for success and the canucks are ideal opposition to prove this can work.
I ordered center ice yesterday..it works when I go to NHL.com and follow the center ice link, but on my PS3 it says there's no 2013 version of center ice..it it doesn't work on there..
Anyone know if the computer the only way to watch center ice right now?
Freakin excited about this game tonight!!! I've been impatiently waiting for my weekend to almost be over so I can watch this game! I predict N64 scores on his first shift.
So is game center free this year or what? Has the NHL actually done anything to bring fans back?
I know someoone already mentioned Center Ice being free for two weeks but is Game Center the one on NHL.com? If so, I don't think it's free. Yesterday, they showed a game for 5 minutes or so and then it stopped, telling you to upgrade your feed(assuming, upgrade as in buy a subscription). Although, there could be a chance that they have one specific game for free and all the others are not.
If we don't win this game we can throw out the whole "The Oilers have been keeping busy during the lockout so they should get off to a fast start" Theory.
There is no excuse. You can't lose tonight. Canucks looked AWFUL.
Were any of their guys playing during the lockout?
While I'm sure that it is Consensus around the league that Oilers have the advantage tonight... Canucks still have an NHL team, hockey is sometimes dictated by lucky bounces, and every time a team played us in the last 3 years, there was no excuse to lose to us, but we still won games from time to time.
We should win tonight, but there is certainly no guarantee.
Would you rather have Alex Plante as the 7th D if he were healthy? Teubert? Last I checked the coach decides the lineup not the GM, it's not Tambo's fault that Krueger is doing his best to dress a Nancy Boy lineup against Vancouver.
to be fair though, if there is a team that is softer than us, it's vancouver... we don't need the gritty guys against teams like vancouver
although i agree that fistric would seem the obvious choice over potter
i get the feeling people would be ok with an oiler loss so they can say "I told you so" about Kruger and Potter.
I don't feel the oilers and the NHL deserve my money, but the coach has my support. the puck hasn't dropped for the first game so I'm leaving my pitchfork in the barn.
Expecting a lot of power plays after what I saw yesterday. If the refs are going to call interference every time a player chips it by a defenseman and tries to go around him, Paajarvi should be in the lineup all season.