Can the Canucks win the Calder Cup?
Can the Vancouver Canucks win their first Calder Cup in 24 years?
A little over two weeks after a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Canucks have another chance to prove they are one of the NHL’s elite.
On Saturday night, the Sedins and the Canucks will square off in the Calder Memorial Cup final for the first time since 1996, when the team’s Stanley Cup banner hung in the Forum, with the team and fans hoping to go far.
The Canucks are 2-0-0 in their past 10 meetings with the Oilers, and have won three straight.
Vancouver is coming off back-to-back road wins over the Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Avalanche (2-2-1) in the most recent matchup.
“We have to be ready for a great game, but also be ready to play a great series,” Sedin said.
There’s only three games left, so I think we’ve got a lot to do to get better and be ready.” “
There’s not a lot of games left.
There’s only three games left, so I think we’ve got a lot to do to get better and be ready.”
The Canucks will be without forward Chris Higgins (upper body) and defenseman Justin Schultz (upper-body) for the game against the Oilers.
Injuries are expected to keep two of their top three forwards off the ice.
Forward Jordan Subban is expected to miss the game due to a lower-body injury.
Forward David Booth, who has been sidelined since October 1 with an upper-body strain, will be able to play after being sent to the AHL’s Portland Pirates.
Subban’s absence has put Vancouver in a precarious position heading into this series.
They are a game ahead of the Colorado Rockies for first place in the Western Conference, but they are not guaranteed a playoff spot.
Vancouver will be trying to keep up with the Canucks in the standings and maintain their momentum.
“When you play the Canucks, you have to give yourself a chance,” Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins said.
The Oilers won the first meeting between the two teams in Anaheim on March 4.
The Sedins scored the winning goal in the first period, a 5-1 win in Edmonton, and scored two more goals in the third period, including a one-timer that beat Oilers goalie Chad Johnson to put the Canucks ahead 1-0.
“Our guys are doing a good job of getting it done and taking it to the next level,” Desjartins said of his team’s game plan.
“They’re playing very well.
We’re giving ourselves a chance to win, but at the same time, we’re not letting our guys down.”
Desjampins has been out with a lower back strain since the start of October.
Vancouver has also struggled offensively lately.
In their past two games, the team has been without top scorer Jannik Hansen (upper right leg), and is averaging 1.39 goals per game.
Desjagerins said he would like to see his team play better defensively.
“If we’re going to play well, we have to play really well,” Desjamampins said, “so it’s not about getting a lead.
We have to score more goals and do a little bit more.”
Vancouver also is without defenseman Seth Jones, who is expected back on the ice Saturday after missing last week’s game due a concussion.
Forward Jacob Markstrom (lower body) has been cleared to play.
Backup goalie Martin Jones (concussion) is also expected to be available.
The last time the Canucks played in Edmonton was Oct. 1, 1996, and the Sedens were led by two goals by Sidney Crosby.
The game was played at the Forum as part of a doubleheader for the second time in franchise history.
The second meeting between Edmonton and Vancouver was a 6-2 win.
After a 3-2 shootout loss in Edmonton last year, the Oilers won in Calgary on Feb. 3, 1999.
The next game was in Vancouver on April 5, 1999, and Vancouver defeated the Oilers in a shootout 3-1.
The teams split the last two meetings, both coming in Edmonton.
The NHL All-Star Game will be played at Rogers Arena in Calgary, Alberta, Saturday night.
The team has also been linked to several high-profile players who could be involved in the NHL All