Last night’s Joey Moss gave us some (copper and) blue clues about the 10-11 season. Khabibulin isn’t (apparently) ready for the pre-season (unless he plays tonight); Shawn Horcoff’s off-season conditioning appears to have included acquiring some jet skates; Ales Hemsky’s passing is as sublime as remembered; The kids are alright.
Tonight we’ll get a look at the town team against the dynasty that is the Vancouver Canucks. A summer filled with addition has the Canucks deep at several positions and weak at only one (wherever Sami Salo is supposed to play).
I don’t know the Oiler lineup tonight, only that Jason Gregor passed along that Taylor Hall won’t play tonight. The things I’ll be looking for are goaltender performance; how the blue handles the job of exiting their zone; how many defenseman get beaten wide AND along the wall; and how many legit scoring chances the kids create.
One final thing: Pääjärvi back-checked last night. I saw it with my own eyes. That’s a wonderful arrow.
UPDATE: Courtesy digger below, the lineups
- Giroux – Horcoff – Eberle
- Jones – O’Marra – McDonald
- Stewart – Moran – Stortini
- Hartikianen – Vande Velde – Ondrus
- Whitney – Petry
- Peckham – Vandermeer
- Chorney – Taylor