The Vancouver Canucks are not the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Edmonton Oilers likely won’t be able to spot the Northwest Division leaders a two-goal lead, then pull even on three separate occasions to earn a victory. Against the Canucks Saturday night, the Oilers are going to have to tighten things up. “They’re playing pretty good hockey here as of late, too, so I think for us it’s going to be another great test to see if we can play a complete 60-minute game,” said captain Shawn Horcoff. “There are going to be lulls during games, but we have to see if we can bend and not break. We’re going to have lulls, but maybe not give up goals and quality chances in those situations. We’re still learning how to be better in those situations.” In Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Blue Jackets, the Oilers were able to rebound from some sloppy play in their own end. “They’re a veteran team with experience and they know how to close those games out,” said leading Oilers scorer Sam Gagner. “For us, we have to make sure that we’re limiting the mistakes and continuing to play discipline. We had times (Thursday) especially late in the third where we shut it down, played the right way and limited their chances.
Oilers will face a stiffer test in Vancouver Canucks
Edmonton Sun | Mar 30