Canucks welcome Oilers

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

The 2-2-1 Canucks play their second home game of season tonight against the defending Western conference champion Edmonton Oilers at 7 p.m.

The Oilers are seeking their third straight win. Pairs of goals by Ryan Smyth and Petr Sykora gave Edmonton a 4-3 Saturday win over the Colorado Avalanche. Oiler goaltender Dwayne Roloson stopped 39 shots for his 100th career win.

Tonight's game is locally telecast on pay-per-view, but the National Hockey League website says the Edmonton feed is available to Sportsnet West subscribers.

In Friday's home opener, Vancouver Canucks kept San Jose Sharks' scoring stars Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo off the scoresheet.

However, teammates Patrick Marleau, Christian Ehrhoff, Patrick Rissmiller, Ville Nieminen, Curtis Brown and Mike Grier combined for a 6-4 win.

"Our first two lines are as good as anyone's in the league," Grier said. "But you can't play 82 games just relying on those guys."

San Jose never trailed. Canucks wasted their best chance for a comeback during a two-man advantage that straddled the second intermission. Instead, Vancouver's new goaltender Roberto Luongo allowed Brown's shorthanded marker at 1:23 of the third period.

The loss overshadowed Markus Naslund's 300th goal as a Canuck. Daniel Sedin, Mattias Ohlund and Kevin Bieksa also scored for Vancouver.

"We were just way too loose [and] sloppy," said Canucks' defenceman Willie Mitchell.


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