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Look for Oscar Klefbom (flu) to be back in the Oilers lineup Wednesday.

Klefbom missed the third period Saturday as he had the flu. "We weren’t sure how sick he was getting but it progressively got worse," coach Todd McLellan said. "He’ll be fine. Nothing that a pillow won’t cure." Klefbom is a top-two defenseman and the Oilers will need him at full strength if they want to get past the Anaheim Ducks in quarter-final action.
Apr 24 - 8:36 AM

The second round of the NHL playoffs will begin on Wednesday.

There will be two games Wednesday as Edmonton travels to Anaheim while St. Louis hosts Nashville. The Eastern Conference series will begin on Thursday as Washington will take on Pittsburgh in the nation's capital and the New York Rangers will be in the Canadian capital of Ottawa to play the Senators.
Apr 24 - 8:32 AM

Connor McDavid's second goal of the playoffs clinched a 3-1 win for the Oilers Saturday.

The goal ended any chance of the Sharks winning the series as Edmonton moved on to the second round winning four games to two. McDavid's goal came with a second remaining in the game and gave him four points in the six game series. The Oilers move on to face the Anaheim Ducks in Round 2 of the postseason.
Apr 23 - 9:09 AM

Anton Slepyshev scored the series clinching goal on Saturday.

Slepyshev's goal made it 2-0 Edmonton as they went on to defeat the Sharks 3-1 and take the series in six games. It was his first of the playoffs and after a four goal, 10 point regular season in 41 games, Slepyshev has been seeing some first line duty with Connor McDavid.
Apr 23 - 9:06 AM

Oscar Klefbom didn't play in the third period on Saturday against San Jose because of an illness.

"It's important for us to get healthy before we get to Anaheim," said coach Todd McLellan after the game. The Oilers managed to record a 3-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6 without Klefbom, but his presence on the back end will be needed in Round 2 versus the Ducks.
Apr 23 - 1:48 AM

Leon Draisaitl's first career postseason goal set the tone for the Edmonton Oilers' 3-1 win in Game 6 against San Jose.

Draisaitl opened the scoring 54 seconds into the second period after he collected two assists in Game 5. He appears to be feeling better after struggling earlier in the series when he wasn't 100 percent healthy. Anton Slepyshev got the game winner and Connor McDavid scored into an empty net to help the Oilers advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 1:46 AM

Cam Talbot was the standout as the Edmonton Oilers eliminated the San Jose Sharks with a 3-1 win in Game 6 on Saturday night.

Talbot stopped 27 out of 28 shots in Game 6, holding strong in the second period in particular when he stopped all 12 shots he faced. He helped Edmonton win their first series since 2006 by posting a 2.03 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
Apr 23 - 1:43 AM

Eric Gryba is once again expected to lead Edmonton's blue line scratches on Saturday for Game 6.

Griffin Reinhart, Jordan Oesterle and Mark Fayne, along with the rest of the Black Aces are expected to join him in the press box. Gryba logged 15:59 of ice time in Game 1 and hasn't played in the postseason since then.
Apr 22 - 9:09 PM

Coach Todd McLellan is expected to forego any changes to his group of forwards Saturday night against the Sharks for Game 6.

Which means that Iiro Pakarinen, Jujhar Khaira and Matt Hendricks are expected to be scratched along with the rest of the Black Aces on board. Pakarinen hasn't played since Game 1 and he saw just 8:26 of playing time.
Apr 22 - 9:07 PM

It should come as no surprise that Cam Talbot will probably start in Game 6 Saturday against San Jose.

This will be a big test for the Oilers as they will be going into the Shark Tank in San Jose with the Sharks on the ropes and desperate for a win to keep their season alive. If Edmonton is to close out the Sharks, Talbot will have to be at his very best.
Apr 22 - 10:08 AM

Not only did Leon Draisaitl register two assists in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Sharks, he was also a monster in the faceoff dot.

Draisaitl won 15 of 19 faceoffs against some pretty good San Jose centers. Needless to say, Draisaitl has turned into a NHL star this season.
Apr 22 - 10:06 AM

Matthew Benning recorded two assists in Edmonton's 4-3 win over the Sharks in Game 5 Thursday night.

Those were Benning's first two career playoff points. The 22-year-old defenseman had three goals and 15 points in 62 contests as a rookie in the 2016-17 regular season.
Apr 21 - 10:36 AM

Connor McDavid registered an assist in Edmonton's 4-3 overtime win versus San Jose in Game 5 on Thursday.

McDavid has a goal and three points in five postseason games. That's not bad, but it's less than we would have hoped from out of the 2016-17 Art Ross Trophy winner. Given how much the Oilers counted on McDavid during the regular season, it's impressive that Edmonton has a 3-2 series lead despite San Jose doing a decent job of keeping McDavid at bay.
Apr 21 - 10:33 AM

Leon Draisaitl registered two assists in the Oilers' 4-3 victory over San Jose in Game 5 Thursday night.

Draisaitl had a hearing prior to the game for spearing San Jose’s Chris Tierney on Tuesday, but the NHL decided that a fine was sufficient, so Draisaitl was able to stay in the lineup. His two assists were the first playoff points of his NHL career.
Apr 21 - 10:31 AM

Patrick Maroon found the back of the net in Edmonton's 4-3 overtime win over San Jose in Game 5 on Thursday.

That was Maroon's first goal and point of the 2017 playoffs. He has 10 goals and 19 points in 34 career postseason games.
Apr 21 - 10:29 AM


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