Vancouver Canucks: Roberto Luongo Needs More Offensive Support

By Jonathan Katje
Roberto Luongo
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The Vancouver Canucks are still searching for their first win of the 2013-14 season, and Saturday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers should give them a chance to get it. The Canucks may have dropped their season opener to the San Jose Sharks by a 4-1 score, but goaltender Roberto Luongo was solid in making 31 saves in the losing effort and the penalty kill units were able to shut down all eight San Jose chances. An Oilers team that squandered a 4-2 lead and lost to the Winnipeg Jets in their opener will give the Canucks a chance to get in the win column, but their offense must connect and give Luongo some support.

The lone Canucks goal in the first game came from defenseman Jason Garrison, a first period tally on the power play that was set up by Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. The Sedins could definitely do more offensively, as Henrik managed two shots on goal and his brother failed to register even one. Young Jannik Hansen is getting a great opportunity alongside the twins on the top line and needs to take advantage of that chance by scoring. Luongo still has the ability to keep his team in just about every game, but he will need offensive support Saturday night if the Canucks hope to move past an offensively loaded Oilers team.

The Oilers scored four goals in their season opener, and the Canucks defense will need to be mindful of Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. Devan Dubnyk allowed five goals in the season-opening loss and is expected to get the start between the pipes against the Canucks.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL featured columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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