Young Oilers Push Ducks to Game 7 in Western Conf Semis

2017 NHL Playoffs Oilers

Oilers Thrashed Ducks in Game Six

The Edmonton Oilers and the Anaheim Ducks meet at Honda Center on Wednesday night in the 7th game of the Western Conference semifinals. The young Oilers roster have waded into uncharted waters in an elimination game. The Ducks veterans must answer questions about their ability to win the big game. This is the fifth consecutive season they have been on the cusp.

Game 7 became a reality after Edmonton thrashed Anaheim 7-1 on Sunday. The Oilers were powered by Leon Draisaitl’s first career postseason hat trick. The third-year forward has been unstoppable against Anaheim this season. He has rang up 11 goals and 10 assists in 11 games against the Ducks. While the Ducks have lacked a defensive answer against the German forward.

The Ducks were favored to win the series. That was in danger, as it took a miraculous third-period comeback in Game 5. Anaheim scored three goals in the last 3:16 with their goaltender pulled to win the game. Many observers thought that Edmonton could not muster up a big effort to even compete in the series, much less win it. When most counted them out, Edmonton rebounded and here we stand in what should be a well played Game 7.

Could be a Game of Injured Players

Edmonton’s chances should be enhanced if defenseman Oscar Klefbom returns to the lineup. He missed Game 6 with an upper-body injury and is expected to play tonight.

Anaheim will be shorthanded entering the game. Productive winger Patrick Eaves is sidelined with a foot injury that has him in a walking boot. Defenseman Kevin Bieksa is unlikely to play as well.

Oddsmakers opened the Ducks as -120-moneyline favorites versus the Oilers, while the game’s total opened at 5.5. The Ducks have crept to a -129 moneyline favorite and total has held at 5.5.

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