The Edmonton Oilers simply had no answer for Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf in game 4. Getzlaf was in on every Ducks goal in their 4-3 OT victory over the Oilers on Wednesday night. With the series now being down to a best-of-three, the Oilers need to find an answer for him in a hurry.
“He’s playing exceptionally well right now,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. “It’s not like we unaware of how good he was coming into this series, it’s just dealing with him is obviously a problem and we would like to solve that tonight.”
Getzlaf has (4G, 4A) so far in the series, including 3 multi-point games. Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom knows first hand how difficult Getzlaf is to contain having been on the ice against him for 3 goals against in game 4.
“You want to be smart against him,” explained Klefbom. “You can’t go out there and think you can run him over and take the puck. He’s very strong. He want’s you to engage so it creates open ice for the other players on the ice. He’s very tricky to play against.”
One way to stop Getzlaf may be winning those little foot races to the puck. That’s one area of the game that head coach Todd McLellan want’ts to see his team focus in on in game 5.
“We have to do it more, we have to do it longer, and we have to do it harder than the other team,” says McLellan. “We need to stay consistent. We’ve been up and down in this series. We’ve had some periods of strong play and weve had some periods where we haven’t been consistent enough so we are going to have to try and change that tonight.”
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Maroon – McDavid – Draisaitl
Lucic – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Caggiula – Letestu – Kassian
Pouliot – Desharnais – Slepyshev
Klefbom – Larsson
Sekera – Russell
Nurse – Benning
The Ducks will be without forward Patrick Eaves for the 2nd straight game.
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