On To Round 2
Edmonton finished off the San Jose Sharks by a 3-1 score on Saturday night. The win gave the Oilers their first playoff series victory in nearly eleven years. Tonight, they'll begin a brand new series against the 2016-17 Pacific Division Champions in Anaheim. Can the Oilers take out two teams from California in the same playoff year?
Let's go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
"How is it going to be different? No.1, they're rested, which works in their favour"Source
That's Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on the big difference between Anaheim and San Jose
Another key difference? San Jose was banged up. With Logan Couture having a smashed face and Joe Thornton not being at 100%, a significant amount of San Jose's offence was lacking.
The opponents are saying
RC said Fowler, Lindholm and Vatanen are all "very close" and player's decisions for Game 1. Fowler said he had "no restrictions."— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) April 25, 2017
Anaheim is about to get a huge help to their defence. Cam Fowler (knee), Hampus Lindholm (undisclosed) and Sami Vatanen (upper body) are all very likely to suit up for game 1 of tonight's series.
Have some of this
ICYMI, Klefbom felt "almost back to normal" after today's #Oilers practice & fully expects to play in Game 1: https://t.co/w1x93IEdfY pic.twitter.com/UM0xISjFzN— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 26, 2017
Kinda jumps off the screen, doesn't it? (Photo by @alcharestPHOTO) #CGYvsANA pic.twitter.com/JoXNQ7c2qi— Michael Wood (@MichaelRHWood) April 18, 2017