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All The Marbles (So Far): Edmonton Oilers @ Anaheim Ducks Game 7 Preview

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Well, we're here. Game 7 is tonight.

NEON LEON
NEON LEON
Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports


Edmonton

@

Anaheim
3-3 Series 3-3
Playoffs
Playoffs
8 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet (AB)
Radio - 630 CHED
Honda Center

The opposing view

PROJECTED
FORWARDS

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


DEFENCE

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Kris Russell - Matthew Benning
Darnell Nurse - Eric Gryba

GOAL

Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit


All The Marbles

Game 6 of this series was a memorable one if you're an Oilers fan. A five point night for Leon Draisaitl powered by three goals helped propel the Oilers to a 7-1 trouncing of Anaheim back at Rogers Place.  Mark Letestu had a pair of goals en route to a four point night, while Cam Talbot turned aside all but one of Anaheim's 35 shots.  Another one like this will work fine.

The Oilers are in Anaheim for Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.  Anaheim has lost four straight game 7s at home over the 0last four seasons.  Will Anaheim break their unlucky streak?  Or, will the Oilers emerge as one of the final four teams?

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on Oscar Klefbom.

Klefbom was unable to go for game 6 along with defenceman Andrej Sekera.  While Sekera will miss tonight's game, having Klefbom back in the lineup is a much welcome relief for the club.  The Oilers turned to Eric Gryba and Griffin Reinhart in Sekera and Klefbom's absence.  It goes without saying, but it'll be good to have Oscar Klefbom taking top minutes tonight.

The opponents are saying

That's Ducks forward Antoine Vermette on tonight's game 7.

TRUST THE PROCESS

Let's hope it's the same process that cost them seven goals in Edmonton.

Have some of this

  • POINTS! Five for Leon (3-2-5).  Four for Mark Letestu (2-2-4).  Zack Kassian had a big goal.  Anton Slepyshev had one too.  Could've used some of those during the series against San Jose, but it all worked out.  If the Oilers can some more of this tonight, it'd be great.
  • PENALTY WATCH: The Oilers went 2/7 on the power play Sunday night.  Win the special teams battle and you'll have a great chance at winning the game.  Anaheim went 0/3.  John Gibson was out of the game by the eighth minute of the first period.  Things were bonkers.  It was good.
  • LAST DANCE
  • Cam Talbot (7-5, .924 SV% / 2.51 GAA / 2 SO) will get the start tonight for Edmonton, while John Gibson (6-3, .903 SV% / 2.99 GAA) will go for the Ducks.
  • NO EAVES: Patrick Eaves is doubtful for the Ducks tonight as he was seen leaving the Honda Center on crutches yesterday.  I say 'doubtful' because, well, playoffs.
  • THIS IS IT: One game, winner moves on to Nashville.  The Ducks have ended each of their last four seasons with game seven losses at home, and that'd be just fine with us if that streak continued.
  • #GOILERS