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Western Conference Semi-Finals Game 1: Edmonton Oilers @ Anaheim Ducks Game Thread

Second round begins in Anaheim against a streaking Ducks club

Anaheim Ducks v Calgary Flames - Game Four Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images


Edmonton took care of the Sharks in six games with a 3-1 victory to cap the series in San Jose. Leon Draisaitl and Anton Slepyshev scored just one minute apart in the second period, while Connor McDavid scored an empty netter late in the third period to help send Edmonton to the second round.

Things don’t get any easier for the Oilers. They’ll open a series against a pretty good Ducks club, one who hasn’t lost in regulation since March 10th. I’m hoping to see the Oilers earn a split in Anaheim, but I won’t argue if they’re able to take two from the Ducks. They’ll begin with Game 1 tonight.

How To Tune In

Time: 8:45 PM MDT

TV: Sportsnet (Canada)

NBCSN (Stream in USA w/ provider access)

Radio: 630 CHED

What To Watch For From The Oilers

Oscar Klefbom was on the bench for the third period of Edmonton’s series clincher on Saturday night with the flu. Fortunately for the Oilers, the minute eating defenceman is in tonight’s lineup. He’s kind of a big deal.

What To Watch For From The Ducks

From Anaheim Calling

The most prominent narrative surrounding the round two matchup between the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks is a pretty simple one: how can Randy Carlyle’s men shut down Connor McDavid?

From a narrative perspective, the responsibility of stopping the young phenom falls on the shoulders of one man: Ryan Kesler.

Good or bad, the outcome of that matchup will be more closely attached to Kesler’s reputation than either of his linemates.

The Oilers may win, the Oilers may lose. I don’t envy Ryan Kesler in this position.

Final Thought

House money right now. Oilers are facing a red-hot Ducks club that disposed of the Calgary Flames in four straight. Anaheim’s getting Cam Fowler back in the lineup. This is a lot of thoughts for a ‘final thought’.