A day-off for the Edmonton Oilers on Monday to re-group after Sunday night’s 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in game 3 of their second round Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Oilers lead the series 2-1. The Oilers fell behind 3-0 but rallied back to tie the game at 3-3 in the second period only to see the Ducks score 48 second later and then pull away in the third period.
Forward Drake Cagguila says last night’s loss is just another learning tool for the team, much like a bad loss to the San Jose Sharks in the first round.
“You got to learn from past experiences, that 7-0 game was definitely not a game you want to remember but there’s a lot of things you can takeaway from it and provide some insight for upcoming games,” Cagguila said. “We learned a lot of lessons then and we learned some lessons last night so we keep building off of that.”
The Oilers struggled in the face-off circle in the loss winning only 42 per cent of draws. Head coach Todd McLellan says that affects his team’s ability to forecheck.
“You get a chance to start 25 feet from their net, you lose a draw all of the sudden it turns into 200 feet,” McLellan said. “One the strengths that Anaheim has is their penalty kill forecheck, their ability to stand at the line and it’s given us some problems. The face-off and the forecheck go together and it compounds everything.”
The Oilers will return to practice Tuesday and play the Ducks on Wednesday in Game 4 from Rogers Place. Game-time Wednesday is 8pm, 630 CHED will have the Face-off Show at 6pm.