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Western Conference Semi-Finals Game 3: Anaheim Ducks @ Edmonton Oilers Game Preview

Oilers take two wins out of Anaheim, return to friendly confines of Rogers Place

With a .934 SV% in the playoffs, Cam Talbot is busy doing his thing again
With a .934 SV% in the playoffs, Cam Talbot is busy doing his thing again
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0-2 Series 2-0

TV - Sportsnet (AB)
Radio - 630 CHED
Honda Center

The opposing view


Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Drake CaggiulaMark LetestuZack Kassian
Benoit Pouliot - David Desharnais - Anton Slepyshev


Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Semcdkera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matthew Benning


Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

Two For Two

If you had the Oilers taking both games 1 and 2 in Anaheim this past week, raise your hands.

Cam Talbot turned aside 39 of 40 shots, while a power play goal by former Duck Patrick Maroon helped lead to Edmonton's second straight victory in two games over the Ducks.  Andrej Sekera scored just sixty-five seconds in the first period.  Everything is coming up Oilers right now.

The Oilers are taking a 2-0 series lead back to Edmonton this evening for game three of the best of seven.  Can the Oilers put a vice-grip on the series with a victory tonight?

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers forward Milan Lucic on being up 2-0 against a potent Ducks team.

The Oilers have defeated the Ducks two games out of two.  That's not too shabby against a team that hadn't lost in regulation since March 10th.

The opponents are saying

That's Ducks defenceman Josh Manson on being down 0-2 in the series.

Don't count the Ducks out until the Oilers have four games, but they're in a world of hurt right now needing to win four games in the next five.  A split will keep them from being eliminated, but they've realistically got to take two games from Edmonton on the road.

Have some of this

  • Georges Laraque is on board.
  • Secondary scoring?  How about a weird one from Andrej Sekera?
  • PENALTY WATCH: A second period power play goal by Jakob Silfverberg helped bring Anaheim to within one.  It's as close as they'd get, as Cam Talbot shut the door afterwards.  The Ducks were 1/4 on the power play.
  • It's worked so far.
  • Ducks defenceman Sami Vatanen did not dress for Game 2, but is said to be getting closer. Drake Caggiula is questionable for the Oilers after crashing into the boards on Friday night.
  • Cam Talbot (6-2, .934 SV% / 2.03 GAA / 2 SO) will get the start tonight for Edmonton, while John Gibson (3-2, .915 SV% / 2.76 GAA) will go for the Ducks.