Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
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Oilers vs. Canucks - Game Recap - 2 December 2019

Oilers vs. Canucks - Game Recap - 2 December 2019

The Edmonton Oilers scoffed at the fact that their last victory lacked artistic merit.

The Edmonton Oilers visit Vancouver after Tanner Pearson scored two goals in the Canucks' 5-2 win against the Oilers.

"We used that line a year ago a few times and I talked with Loui last week and we talked about his game and I felt when I put him back in, I thought I'd give him a different look", said Canucks head coach Travis Green. "The two games back to back should be fun for us". "It was a gritty effort through the whole lineup".

The Oilers, 17-9-3, will host Ottawa on Wednesday.

Josh Leivo scored in a rebound 2-1 for the Canucks, in the second game it was still 7:54. Miller right now is on pace to have his best season yet with 26 points through 26 games, including 4 goals in his last 5 games. Vancouver leads the league with 28 power-play goals, led by Bo Horvat with six. "No one really said anything - we all knew the job that had to be done". "I think we outplayed them in the third and that's why we got the win".

Draisaitl scored just 46 seconds into the third, giving Edmonton a 3-2 lead. He took a pass from James Neal and was not touched, scoring in a play backstage.

The Oilers lost 5-2 to the Canucks at Rogers Place on Saturday in the first game of the home-and-home series.

CAMERA, LIGHTS, ACTION At the tail-end of an early Canucks' PP, Tyler Graovac ripped a shot past Smith's blocker. Defenseman Jordie Benn fired a puck into traffic that was blocked.

It was the first time the trio played together this season and they were dynamite against the NHL's top duo of McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Playing the role of favorites will be the Canucks (-125), whereas the Oilers are dogs showing moneyline odds of +105, and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-125 for the over, +105 for the under).

Draisaitl (18 goals, 32 assists) and McDavid (19 goals, 32 assists) are the first set of teammates since 1995-96 to collect 50 or more points before their team's 30th game.

"I like the way we dug in", Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said. The Canucks when they are rolling are a risky dynamic team, but when they make mistakes other teams can capitalize quickly. Their most recent loss came against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who scored 6 goals in the third period. "Connor really had his legs tonight, and playing them on opposite lines, we asked them to carry some guys with them and they did".

The teams exchanged their goals in the first half.

The Oilers opened the scoring when McDavid dug a puck out of the corner and sent a pass in front of the net that was deflected to the blue line.

Eriksson, always a lightning-rod for displeasure in Canuck Nation, carelessly let his stick ride up on Darnell Nurse's shoulder in the neutral zone during an icing and was called for high-sticking at 13:24 of the middle period. After trailing 2-0, J.T. Miller scored his 11 of the year at 16:42 off assists from Quinn Hughes and Bo Horvat to get back within a goal.

The Canucks have converted on 25.7 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that's good enough for fourth-best in the league.

Canucks Injuries: Jay Beagle: day to day (lower body).

In addition to Smith, Oilers forward Zack Kassian is on a daily basis with a back injury, while defender Kris Russell has traveled home for the birth of his second son.

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