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Lucic finding nets as Oilers prep for Canucks

Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks

  1. The Canucks have won both matchups this season by a 4-2 score line. Vancouver has won three straight at home against Edmonton despite the Oilers scoring first in each game.
  2. The Canucks defeated the Panthers at home on Sunday, 5-1, scoring four goals in the third period to break open a 1-1 game. The four goals equal the most goals they have scored in any period at home this season (3rd period vs. Flames on October 3, the first home game of the season).
  3. The Oilers took down the Sabres in Edmonton on Monday, 7-2, tied for their largest victory this season (7-2 over the Wild on December 7). Edmonton put only 25 shots on goal, scoring on 28.0 percent of them. That was the Oilers' best shooting night, by percentage, since December 5, 2013 (28.6 percent).
  4. Loui Eriksson had three points (1g, 2a) in the win over the Panthers, his first points since December 20. Both of Eriksson's assists came on empty-net goals, one scored by Brock Boeser and the other by Jay Beagle.
  5. Leon Draisaitl scored the final goal in the 7-2 drubbing of the Sabres, the 99th goal of his career. Draisaitl, born in Cologne, Germany in 1995, will be the first player born in a reunified Germany to score 100 goals in the NHL. Teammate and compatriot Tobias Rieder is the closest with 55 career goals.
  6. Connor McDavid has 18 points (5g, 13a) in 15 career games against Vancouver, tallying in 13 of 15 games. Brock Boeser has six points (3g, 3a) in five career skates versus Edmonton, including a goal in both games this season.

Milan Lucic has done his best to turn the page following a lackluster first three months of the season.

The burly Vancouver native bids to continue his unexpected scoring surge on Wednesday night when the Edmonton Oilers (22-21-3) pay a visit to the Vancouver Canucks (21-21-5).

Lucic and Zack Kassian each doubled their respective season goal totals by tallying twice as the Oilers benefited from rare secondary scoring in Monday's 7-2 drubbing of Buffalo. The 30-year-old Lucic has netted three goals in his past four games after being held without a tally since Edmonton's season opener.

"I've said it before that I'm not even going to talk or go into 2018, so lots to play for here in 2019 to get ourselves back into the mix," Lucic said. "It's about stringing a few games together here moving forward."

Coach Ken Hitchcock praised Lucic's all-around play as one of the primary reasons that the Oilers have won four of seven following a season-high six-game slide.

"He looks like the player for me who he was around two or three years ago," Hitchcock said of Lucic, who has registered 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 24 career games versus his hometown team.

"He's got speed, tempo to his game, both ends of the rink. He's able to pressure and control the boards, make good decisions off the boards, his back-checking ... he's breaking up play after play. I think scoring is the end product of how well he's playing."

Inconsistent secondary scoring has been a persistent problem throughout the season for Edmonton, with captain Connor McDavid (28 goals), Leon Draisaitl (24), Alex Chiasson (17) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (15) accounting for 64.1 percent of the team's goal total.

McDavid, who also leads the Oilers in assists (41) and points (69), scored and set up a goal versus the Sabres to extend his point streak to five games (five goals, three assists). The two-time reigning Art Ross Trophy winner had an assist in Edmonton's 4-2 setback in Vancouver on Dec. 16 before setting up two goals in another 4-2 loss to the Canucks on Dec. 27.

While McDavid serves as the crown jewel of a talent-rich 2015 NHL Draft class, fellow first-round selection Brock Boeser has done quite nicely for himself in Vancouver. The 21-year-old collected a goal and two assists in the first outing against the Oilers this season before tallying again in the rematch.

Boeser also scored to highlight the Canucks' four-goal third period on Sunday as the club snapped a three-game winless skid (0-2-1) with a 5-1 victory versus Florida.

Loui Eriksson recorded a goal and two assists against the Panthers after being held off the score sheet in 10 of his previous 11 contests -- including both encounters versus Edmonton.

"It hasn't come easy," Eriksson said of his inconsistent offense. "All you can do is just work hard and just keep working and things will turn around."

Fellow Swede Jacob Markstrom, who made 23 saves against Florida, improved his career mark to 7-4-1 against Edmonton after turning aside 50 of 54 shots to win both meetings last month.

All-Star rookie sensation Elias Pettersson, who leads the Canucks in goals (22) and points (42), did not practice with the team on Tuesday and could be in line to sit out his fourth straight contest with a knee injury.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 15, 2019

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