The Vancouver Canucks conclude their three-game homestand as they welcome the Edmonton Oilers to Rogers Arena.
The Canucks did put up a solid effort against the St. Louis Blues Sunday night but they ended up losing 3-1. Ville Husso stopped 38 Vancouver shots.
The Oilers snapped a seven-game losing streak on Saturday as they beat the Calgary Flames 5-3. Edmonton has struggled since the start of December and they sit sixth in the Pacific Divison with a 19-16-2 record. They have 40 points which is tied with the Canucks.
The Canucks had Michael DiPietro as the starter against the Blues and UBC student Rylan Toth as the backup. That was due to Thatcher Demko, Jaroslav Halak and Spencer Martin entering the COVID-19 protocol.
Martin was back skating on Tuesday morning.
DiPietro was also skating but there was no sign of Demko and Halak.
Bruce Boudreau confirmed Demko is still in the COVID protocol and Martin will get the start against the Canucks.
J.T. Miller was also placed on the COVID-19 Protocol last week and he was also skating on Tuesday morning
Here is how the Canucks lined up at the morning skate. With Miller back, the Lotto Line has been reunited.
The power play units were once again changed up. They went back with two defencemen on each unit.
“From everything that everybody has told me, Garland and Halak will be available for Winnipeg, Horvat for Calgary,” he said.
Tanner Pearson has also tested positive.
“All of these guys that have been in protocol, none of them have gotten sick, nothing more than a cold,” said Boudreau per Brendan Batchelor
The Oilers will be starting Mikko Koskinen.
Players to watch
Edmonton Oilers- Leon Draisaitl: Draisaitl’s 58 points is tied for the NHL’s lead with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers.
Vancouver Canucks- J.T. Miller: Despite missing two games on the protocol, Miller still leads the Canucks in points with 39 in 39 games.
Puck drop is at 7:00 PM. You can watch the game on Sportsnet Pacific or listen to it on Sportsnet 650.