The Edmonton Oilers face elimination for the first time in the post-season when they host the Anaheim Ducks Sunday.
“It’s obviously disappointing to come back down 3-2, but we have a good chance tonight to win game six. If we can do that, you never know what can happen in a game seven,” said captain Connor McDavid. “The season is on the line tonight. We’ll be a desperate group.”
The Oilers will be without defenceman Andrej Sekera, who was injured on a hit from Ryan Getzlaf in game five. Sekera is out for the rest of the series. Eric Gryba will come in for just his second game of the playoffs.
“I can’t deviate from my game. I have to contribute in the way I’m expected to contribute,” said Gryba, who hasn’t played since the first game of the playoffs against San Jose.
The Ducks took a 3-2 series lead with a dramatic comeback and double overtime win Friday night. The rally was aided by a controversial goalie interference video review which allowed the Ducks tying goal to stand with 15 seconds left.
“Usually, I’m the last guy that comments on any of that stuff,” said centre Leon Draisaitl. “It’s just frustrating to see when you come that far and you keep getting calls against you that are a little bit questionable.”
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Maroon – McDavid – Caggiula
Lucic – Draisaitl – Slepyshev
Pouliot – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Desharnais – Letestu – Kassian
Klefbom – Larsson
Russell – Benning
Nurse – Gryba
Game six is on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 3pm. The game starts at 5pm. (jrw)