The Edmonton Oilers will look to bring a 2-0 series lead back home tonight when they face the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of their second round Stanley Cup Playoff series.
The Oilers took Game 1 by a score of 5-3, in that game Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa left early and didn’t return. Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle says Bieksa won’t play tonight because of a lower-body injury.
There’s a question mark on whether defenseman Sami Vatanen can play tonight, he’s missed the Ducks last four playoff games with an undisclosed injury. Korbinian Holzer is expected to draw in. Head coach Todd McLellan says the Ducks changes to their defense don’t really affect his game plan for tonight.
“Nothing happens in a 24 hour period to re-vamp or re-tool your game,” McLellan said. “Holzer who I expect to play is an experienced defenseman. He’s played down the stretch, he played games against us, and he’s had experience. I don’t think it changes dramatically, their game plan will continue to be the same.”
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Maroon – McDavid – Draisaitl
Lucic – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Cagguila – Letestu – Kassian
Pouliot – Desharnais – Slepyshev
Klefbom – Larsson
Sekera – Russell
Nurse – Benning
The Oilers handed the Ducks their first regulation loss since March 10 on Wednesday. Centre Mark Letestu who scored twice in Game 1 says he’s expecting the Ducks to be at their best tonight.
“They’ve been a good team and we’re going to expect a push,” Letestu said. “They’re a veteran group, they’ve had success in the playoffs and we have to be ready. We can’t be complacent and go home with a split and say that we’re happy with it. We’ve got to after this second game and give us an opportunity and have a better chance at winning the series.”
Puck drop tonight from The Honda Center is 8:30pm, 630 CHED will have live coverage starting with the Face-off Show at 6pm.