Preview: Vancouver at Edmonton

When: 10:00 PM  ET, Saturday, April 12, 2014
Where: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
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VAN Edge in: EDM
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The Edmonton Oilers say goodbye to "Captain Canada" when they wrap up the regular season against the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Ryan Smyth, who was drafted sixth overall in 1994 and spent 14 1/2 of his 19 NHL seasons in Edmonton, on Friday announced his retirement following the contest against Vancouver. The 38-year-old is the Oilers' all-time leader in overtime goals (five) and needs one power-play tally to surpass Glenn Anderson (126) for sole possession of first place on the club list.

Smyth, who earned his nickname by helping his country to gold medals at the Winter Olympics, World Championships, World Cup, Spengler Cup and World Junior Championships during his career, has failed to record a point in his last 13 games. Edmonton fell to 1-2-0 on its season-ending four-game homestand when it was blanked 3-0 by Los Angeles on Thursday. The Canucks lost for the fifth time in six contests that night as it dropped a 4-2 decision to Colorado, completing a 1-4-0 homestand.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, CBC

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (35-34-11): Michael Zalewski is expected to make his NHL debut Saturday after being signed as a free agent out of college last month. The 21-year-old registered nine goals and 17 assists in 35 games with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this season. Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots in the loss to Colorado, his first start since being acquired from Florida in the Roberto Luongo deal.

ABOUT THE OILERS (28-44-9): Smyth, who also played for the New York Islanders, Colorado and Los Angeles during his career, knew the time was right to hang up his skates. "There comes a time in my life where you have to turn the page," he said. "I do have a passion for the game, but I'm just excited for my new chapter." Smyth played in the 2006-07 All-Star Game and eclipsed the 30-goal mark four times, netting a career-high 39 in 1996-97.

OVERTIME

1. Edmonton LW David Perron has set career highs of a team-leading 28 goals and 57 points in his first season with the club.

2. Vancouver LW David Booth needs one goal to become the ninth member of the team to reach double digits.

3. The Oilers have scored a total of one goal in their last two games while the Canucks have netted two in their last two contests.

PREDICTION: Oilers 4, Canucks 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Vancouver 35-34-4-7 L2 19-15-2-4 16-19-2-3 4-3-1-1 31-31-3-6 11-12-3-1
Edmonton 28-44-6-3 L2 15-22-2-1 13-22-4-2 3-4-1-0 25-40-5-3 ---

Last Meeting

Vancouver Edmonton
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/27/14 EDM 4 VAN 2 27 16 0-2 20 25 0-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
VAN J. Schroeder 2
EDM D. Perron 3
Goals Player  
VAN J. Schroeder 2
EDM D. Perron 3
Assists Player  
VAN K. Bieksa 1
EDM N. Yakupov 2
Saves Player  
VAN R. Luongo 16
EDM I. Bryzgalov 25
Season
Total Points Player  
VAN H. Sedin 48
EDM T. Hall 77
Goals Player  
VAN R. Kesler 24
EDM D. Perron 28
Assists Player  
VAN H. Sedin 37
EDM T. Hall 50
Saves Player  
VAN E. Lack 959
EDM B. Scrivens 639

Quickchart Matchup

Vancouver Off vs  Edmonton Def
2.3 GF
3.27 GA
30.8 Shots
32.8 Shots
37 PP
50 PK
Edmonton Off vs  Vancouver Def
2.4 GF
2.62 GA
27 Shots
28.5 Shots
45 PP
45 PK

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Vancouver Overall Edmonton
35-34-4-7 W/L 28-44-6-3
33-47 ATS 40-41
30-42 O/U 42-36
2.30 Goals For 2.40
2.62 Goals Agnst 3.27
Vancouver A/H Edmonton
16-19-2-3 W/L 15-22-2-1
20-20 ATS 15-25
16-19 O/U 22-17
2.18 Goals For 2.50
2.88 Goals Agnst 3.30