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You can watch tonight’s game across Canada on Sportsnet.
News and notes from Saturday’s Oilers media availability.
EDMONTON, AB – Check back shortly after Oilers morning media availability for a full report.
— Paul Gazzola, edmontonoilers.com
OILERS (6-2) at DUCKS (4-2)
TV: 5:00 p.m. MDT; Televised on Sportsnet
It’s been three playoff games since the Oilers last played on Rogers Place ice and what a successful three playoff games they were.
In Game 6 at San Jose, the Oilers disposed of the Sharks at SAP Center 3-1 to win their best-of-seven quarterfinal series four games to two.
Then the Oilers went south to Anaheim and faced the Ducks in a pair of games, winning 5-3 this past Wednesday and on Friday night they prevailed 2-1.
Oilers fans have enjoyed every second of the playoff action and now get a chance to let the team know how much things have ramped up since Game 5 last round at Rogers Place.
OILERS KEYS TO SUCCESS:
- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HOME ICE: Anaheim was not a great road team this season with a record of 17-15-9 but now they have their backs against the wall. Oilers need to continue their strong play on home ice.
- MORE SHOTS: The Oilers only had 18 shots on goal in Game 2. Afterwards, several players and Coach McLellan all said that more attempts at the net could and should have been made.
- CAM TALBOT: If the Oilers don’t take advantage of the above keys #1 and #2, they still have a chance to win much like they did on Friday night, if Cam Talbot stands on his head.
Edmonton: Tyler Pitlick is out for the season with a lower-body injury; Drake Caggiula left Game 2 with an injury but is probable to play tonight.
Anaheim: Kevin Bieksa is out for Game 3 while Sami Vatanen is questionable.
Teams which win the first two games of a series on the road have a 69-18 record all-time among NHL best-of-seven series. When leading a best-of-seven series two games to none, the Oilers have a series record of 14-0 and a Game 3 record of 9-5. When trailing a best-of-seven series two games to none, the Ducks have a series record of 0-3 but a Game 3 record of 3-0.
Goaltender Cam Talbot saved 39 of 40 shots for a .975 save percentage in Game 2, improving his playoff save percentage to .934; Talbot has a 6-2-0 record. He leads or shares the lead in the Stanley Cup playoffs for wins (6), minutes played (474), shutouts (2), and ranks second in saves (225).
“I keep using the word ‘growing up.’ We’re learning how to bend but not break. Teams that have success and go on good runs do that. Like I said last night, it’s not always a bed of roses. Sometimes you play games that don’t go your way and a new hero arises and you find a way to win. You can go on any successful run in the playoffs and you have probably more than one of those games. Last night was one of them. The hero of that night was Cam. This gives us an opportunity to regroup now and get back to our building where we know the energy will be high.” — Oilers head coach Todd McLellan.
Oilers lead best-of-seven series 2-0
Apr 26: Edmonton 5 at Anaheim 3
Apr 28: Edmonton 2 at Anaheim 1
Apr 30: Anaheim at Edmonton – 5:00 p.m. MDT
May 3: Anaheim at Edmonton – 8:00 p.m. MDT
May 5: Edmonton at Anaheim – 8:30 p.m. MDT
May 7: Anaheim at Edmonton – TBD
May 10: Edmonton at Anaheim – TBD
Edmonton won the season series this year 3-2-0
Nov 15: Edmonton 1 at Anaheim 4
Dec 3: Anaheim 2 at Edmonton 3 (OT)
Jan 25: Edmonton 4 at Anaheim 0
Mar 22: Edmonton 3 at Anaheim 4
Apr 1: Anaheim 2 at Edmonton 3 (OT)
In 2006, Edmonton defeated Anaheim 4 games to 1 in the only playoff match-up ever between the two teams
May 19: Edmonton 3 at Anaheim 1
May 21: Edmonton 3 at Anaheim 1
May 23: Anaheim 4 at Edmonton 5
May 25: Anaheim 6 at Edmonton 3
May 27: Edmonton 2 at Anaheim 1