The Vancouver Canucks looked to make it three wins in a row before the holiday freeze. Fresh off back-to-back victories against Vegas and Pittsburgh, it was a bold statement to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Here is what shook down.
The date was set for a December 23rd clash between the Edmonton Oilers and the hometown Vancouver Canucks. Head coach, Travis Green deployed a roster of what he thought would be capable of defeating Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
A string of three consecutive wins at home would be the perfect gift to the fans heading into the holidays — a surefire way to keep the team’s playoff hopes alive. Don’t forget that ownership, management and the coaching staff has promised that this is a playoff team.
Heading into what was bound to be a feisty battle, Vancouver sat four points back of the Edmonton with two games in hand, all while holding onto 10th place in the western conference. A bubble team at the Christmas break, but one that was deadset on proving they’re sticking around for the long haul.
The captain of the Canucks, Bo Horvat was going to be leaned on heavily to match up against Mcdavid and Leon Draisaitl. Keeping the Oilers two stars off the scoresheet would be vital to the team’s success. Was Horvat up to the task? Let’s find out.