The Edmonton Oilers and Ducks will battle tonight for one last time this season in Anaheim, it’s Game 7 of their second round Stanley Cup Playoff series.
The Oilers don’t have a lot of experience in this situation while their opponent the Anaheim Ducks have plenty of game seven experience. Oilers head coach Todd McLellan says his team gained valuable experience in Game 6 on Sunday.
“Game six was an elimination game for us and we obviously handled it well,” McLellan said. “This is an extension of Game 6, we got to win or we know what the consequences are. Our team feels loose, I don’t think there’s a lot of player that are uptight at this point. We’ll see how we are when the game starts but we’ll play. We’ve prepared and now we need to execute, if we do that we’ll give ourselves a chance.”
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Maroon – McDavid – Caggiula
Lucic – Draisaitl – Slepyshev
Pouliot – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Desharnais – Letestu – Kassian
Klefbom – Larsson
Russell – Benning
Nurse – Gryba
After missing Game 6 with an upper-body injury defenseman Oscar Klefbom will return to the lineup.
“I blocked a shot and has some trouble with the bleeding, that was it,” Klefbom said. “Like I said I’m 100 per cent now and it felt good on the ice so I’m good to go.”
The Ducks may dress defenseman Kevin Bieksa tonight, he hasn’t played since Game 1.
Puck drop tonight in Anaheim for Game 7 is 8pm, 630 CHED will have the Face-off Show at 6pm.