Canucks Next Game: 3 things about the Edmonton Oilers

The Vancouver Canucks conclude their 2021-22 season against the playoff-bound Edmonton Oilers on Friday at Rogers Place

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(39-30-11), 5th in Pacific Division

(before Thursday night game)


(47-27-6), 2nd in Pacific Division

(before Thursday night game)

Friday, 6 p.m., Rogers Place.

TV: Sportsnet. Radio: Sportsnet 650.


Till we meet again

It’s the last time the 2021-22 edition of the Vancouver Canucks will play together as a team. Can Bruce Boudreau finish off his term on a high note? How many points will J.T. Miller finish the season with? Might Arturs Silovs make his NHL debut (Boudreau indicated Thursday it was possible)?

POINTS LEADERS (before Thursday games)


1. J.T. Miller GP 78 G 31 A 66 PTS 97 (+14)

2. Elias Pettersson GP 78 G 32 A 34 PTS 66 (E)

3. Quinn Hughes GP 74 G 8 A 58 PTS 66 (+8)


1. Connor McDavid GP 79 G 44 A 88 PTS 122 (+27)

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2. Leon Draisaitl GP 79 G 55 A 54 PTS 109 (+18)

3. Zach Hyman GP 76 G 26 A 26 PTS 52 (-9)


CANUCKS: PP 23.5% (10th) PK 74.3% (31st)

OILERS: PP 16.5% (26th) PK 76.4% (23rd)


• No Nurse: The Oilers will again be without their No. 1 defenceman Darnell Nurse. He was injured last Friday and was ruled of the final games of the season. He hadn’t skated as of Thursday, and Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft hasn’t said if he’ll be available when their first-round playoff series vs. Los Angeles starts on Monday.

• Back to back: Just as the Canucks are playing on Friday in the second of back-to-back contests, so are the Oilers. The Oilers host the Sharks at Rogers Place on Thursday evening. Woodcroft wasn’t giving away what his plan would be for managing his roster over the final two games of the season.

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• Red hot: Heading into Thursday’s game, the Oilers had won nine of their last 12 games, a strong finish to their season. They’ve picked up wins over the Predators, Golden Knights, Stars, Avalanche and Penguins. That’s not an easy set of opponents. They haven’t lost a home game in regulation since March 9.

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