The Edmonton Oilers can’t match the San Jose Sharks when it comes to playoff experience.
No big deal, says the team’s head coach.
“We don’t have it, so it doesn’t matter. Play the game,” said Todd McLellan. “If you think I’m walking in the locker room and saying the experience factor, that word hasn’t even come up.”
San Jose’s roster has combined for 1,169 playoff games. The Oilers are at 342.
“There are going to be some nerves in the first I would say five or ten minutes, probably on both parts, even with experience,” said winger Milan Lucic, who has played in 101 post-season games. “For myself as well, for that first game of the playoffs, you still get those butterflies like you did your first time around. But that’s a good thing. You have to try to use it to your advantage.”
Cam Talbot will be making his playoff start in goal. He appeared in two games for the Rangers in 2014.
“It’s going to be an unbelievable feeling. I can’t wait to step on the ice in front of our fans for game one,” said Talbot, who set a new Oilers team record with 42 wins in the regular season. “We brought guys in for experience, and that’s what we’re going to lean on. As far as the younger guys, just hope they can go out there and keep playing the way they’ve been playing. They’ve been our leaders all season long. It shouldn’t be any different now.”
The Oilers and Sharks will be on 630 CHED Wednesday night with the Face-off Show at 6pm. The game will start at 8pm. (jrw)