3 Keys: Avalanche at Oilers, Game 3 of Western Conference Final

3 Keys: Avalanche at Oilers, Game 3 of Western Conference Final

Avalanche (1C) at Oilers (2P)

8 p.m. ET; TNT, CBC, TVAS, SN

Colorado leads best-of-7 series 2-0

The Edmonton Oilers wish to use home-ice advantage to get back into their Western Conference Final series versus the Colorado Avalanche when they play Video game 3 at Rogers Place on Saturday.

The Avalanche lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 after two wins in Denver. They are 5-0 on the road in the playoffs.

” They’re a great team,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid said. “We’ve stated that lots. And we’re a great group, however we haven’t played our finest yet. Three video games in, I would expect to see it this evening.

” However, like I said, they’re a great group, they’re doing good ideas, they’re playing well – we need to up our level.”

Colorado’s 4-0 success in Video game 2 put an end to McDavid’s nine-game point streak (23 points; 7 objectives, 16 assists) in the playoffs. He was blanked when previously in the playoffs this season, a 4-0 loss in Video game 4 of the Western Conference First Round versus the Los Angeles Kings, and reacted with a three-point video game (one objective, two helps) in a 5-4 overtime win in Video game 5.

McDavid leads the playoffs with 29 points (eight objectives, 21 assists) in 14 video games and teammate Leon Draisaitl is second with 28 points (7 objectives, 21 assists) in 14 games.

Draisaitl also had a nine-game point streak (24 points; 4 goals, 20 assists) halted in Video game 2. He had one other meaningless game in the playoffs, Game 4 against the Kings, and followed it up with three points (two objectives, one help) in Game 5.

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The Avalanche say they’ll be all set for a push from the Oilers in Game 3.

” I anticipate us to see their finest video game tonight,” coach Jared Bednar said. “It’s a big game in the series. They’re back house. We did a nice job in our building and our goal is to go and duplicate or much better the performance that we had from the other night. The strength will get cranked up here no concern as the series proceeds. And we have to be gotten ready for that.”

Teams that take a 3-0 lead hold an all-time series record of 198 -4 (980 percent) winning a best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Here are 3 keys to Video game 3:

1. Avalanche wish to maintain their protecting

Pavel Francouz made 24 conserves for the shutout in Game 2 and with his Avalanche colleagues identified to inspect and pressure the Oilers, only dealt with 11 shots over the last two periods.

” We’ve played some good video games, but that is among our finest checking games, for sure,” Bednar said of Video game 2. “From start to complete, I thought men were actually dedicated and we have actually been dedicated in the majority of our games, but that one … on top of that is we didn’t make any significant mistakes.”

2. Oilers require a spark

The Oilers attempted using McDavid and Draisaitl on different lines for Game 2 and Edmonton’s 24 shots on objective weren’t almost enough.

They revealed a similar technique in the morning skate Saturday, but coach Jay Woodcroft was non-committal about what may occur for Game 3.

” Well, we do not want to be detainee or beholden to something that was chosen in advance,” Woodcroft stated. “We wish to use our eyes and make decisions based on the actual time details that our players are giving us. We’ve shown a level of flexibility in video games, we’ve shown a level of flexibility between video games, and a level of flexibility with various appearances that we can bring. The best news out of all of that is we discovered ways to win with all those different types of mixes and positionings.”

The concern might be more about trying to get McDavid far from Colorado’s top defense pairing of Cale Makar and Devon Toews, given that Edmonton has the last change as the home team.

3. Maintaining formula for road success

The Avalanche have not lost on the roadway in the playoffs and have outscored their opponents 26-13

” I think we know that we need to check on the road first and foremost,” said Avalanche forward J.T. Compher, who had 2 goals in an 8-6 victory in Video game 1. “We talked about it prior to; they can have the matchup benefit (at home) but when every line’s monitoring and returning to the D-zone as 5 and breaking the puck out better, we’re still going to get to our game.”

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog Nathan MacKinnon Valeri Nichushkin

Artturi Lehkonen Nazem Kadri Mikko Rantanen

Alex Newhook— J.T. Compher– Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Andrew Cogliano Darren Helm Logan O’Connor

Devon Toews– Cale Makar

Jack Johnson Josh Manson

Bowen Byram Erik Johnson

Pavel Francouz

Justus Annunen

Scratched: Nico Sturm, Ryan Murray, Kurtis MacDermid, Andre Burakovsky

Injured: Samuel Girard(sternum), Darcy Kuemper(upper body)

Oilers projected lineup

Evander Kane— Connor McDavid– Zack Kassian

Zach Hyman— Leon Draisaitl– Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Warren Foegele Ryan McLeod Jesse Puljujarvi

Derek Ryan Devin Coast Josh Archibald

Darnell Nurse Cody Ceci

Duncan Keith Evan Bouchard

Brett Kulak Tyson Barrie

Mike Smith

Mikko Koskinen

Scratched: Derick Brassard, Kris Russell, Devin Coast, Olivier Rodrigue

Injured: Kailer Yamamoto(upper body)

Status report

Yamamoto is expected to be out after he was injured in Video game 2 following a hit from Landeskog in the very first duration. … Kuemper is anticipated to miss his second video game considering that he was hurt in the second period in Game 1. He took a brief skate Saturday but did not take any shots. … The Avalanche are not expected to make any lineup changes from Video game 2. … Nurse and Draisaitl did not participate in the morning skate but will play. … The Oilers could dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Russell would likely play as the additional defenseman.

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