January 20, 2013
Oilers, Canucks set to renew hostilities

Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo looks back after getting scored on as Kevin Bieksa skates away during the second period Saturday night. Luongo replaced Cory Schneider who was pulled earlier in the period as the Ducks rolled to a 7-3 win. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY)

VANCOUVER - The most-hyped team in the NHL faces off against the angriest tonight when the Edmonton Oilers open their season against the freshly-spanked Vancouver Canucks.

The Oilers have been the talk of the NHL after adding blue-chip rookies Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz to a team that already had Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins playing together in the AHL. Everyone in Edmonton and around the league is watching and wondering if this is the year the Oilers finally break out.

The Oilers are fired up about the season, too.

“There’s a lot of energy in there,” said Ralph Krueger, preparing for his first game as head coach. “We’re all looking forward to opening the door and finally getting out there.”

Meanwhile, across the ice, the Canucks are still stinging after a lacklustre and humiliating 7-3 loss to Anaheim in their home opener Saturday and would dearly love to make Edmonton pay for it.