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3 Keys: Oilers at Flames, Sport 2 of Western Second Round

(2P) Oilers at (1P) Flames10: 30 p.m. ET; ESPN, CBC, TVAS, SNFlames lead simplest-of-7 sequence 1-0Mike Smith will launch in plot for the Edmonton Oilers when they’re trying and even their sequence against the Calgary Flames in Sport 2 of the Western Convention Second Round at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.Smith turned into pulled 6: 05…

3 Keys: Oilers at Flames, Sport 2 of Western Second Round

(2P) Oilers at (1P) Flames

10: 30 p.m. ET; ESPN, CBC, TVAS, SN

Flames lead simplest-of-7 sequence 1-0

Mike Smith will launch in plot for the Edmonton Oilers when they’re trying and even their sequence against the Calgary Flames in Sport 2 of the Western Convention Second Round at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

Smith turned into pulled 6: 05 into the main interval after allowing three targets on 10 pictures in an eventual 9-6 loss in Sport 1.

“It be no longer a gigantic level of view to be on the bench 9 minutes into a hockey sport in the playoffs. Asserting that, it is one sport,” Smith said. “Within the occasion that they obtained it 2-1 or 9-6, it is peaceful one bag and it is miles a must private to bag four. It be about regrouping now and no longer letting that have an effect on the the leisure of the sequence, piquant on and specializing in Sport 2.”

The Flames said they can blueprint some adjustments; they weren’t joyful particularly after having a 5-1 lead early in the 2nd interval earlier than the Oilers tied the game 6-6.

“We had a true assembly this morning,” Flames forward Mikael Backlund said. “We all know now we private got to place the next job when we’re up and overall. You would by no formula be happy. It be a chain, one sport does no longer place it for you, so it is miles a must private to withhold pushing.”

[RELATED: Complete Flames vs. Oilers series coverage]

Teams that capture a 2-0 lead are 339-52 (86.7 p.c) winning a simplest-of-7 sequence the sequence, including 2-0 in the main round.

Listed below are 3 keys to Sport 2:

1. Flames offense awakens

The Flames scored 9 targets in Sport 1 after getting 15 in seven games against the Dallas Stars in the main round. They’re averaging 41.9 pictures on plot in eight Stanley Cup Playoffs games, third on the support of the Colorado Avalanche (43.5) and Pittsburgh Penguins (44.3).

Given that, the Flames if truth be told feel they’ll procure more manufacturing this sequence.

“I reveal we had plenty of seems against Dallas. Obviously, their goalie (Jake Oettinger) had a pair of true games there,” forward Elias Lindholm said. “We’re a true team, now we private got plenty of skill, plenty of skill and we know we can set up the puck in the salvage.”

2. Gutting it out

Forward Leon Draisaitl and defenseman Darnell Nurse might possibly well also no longer be 100 p.c wholesome, nonetheless Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said the 2 private nonetheless given them “big minutes.” Draisaitl has 12 functions (six targets, six assists) and is averaging 19: 45 of ice time per sport in the playoffs. Nurse has two functions (one plot, one support) and is averaging 21: 04 per sport, 2nd on the Oilers on the support of Connor McDavid (22: 10).

Woodcroft expects each and every to withhold giving his all.

“We have done some things particularly with Leon, where now we private moved him around the lineup rather of bit,” Woodcroft said. “He’s peaceful enjoying big minutes for us. He’s peaceful making plays and has an impact on the game. And he’s real a warrior.

“By methodology of Darnell, Darnell is somebody that has a champion’s mindset. He’s somebody that refuses to be deterred. While he might possibly well also no longer if truth be told feel at his 100-p.c marker, he’s going to give you with all the things that he has, and he makes us the next team.”

3. But any other excessive-scoring affair?

Sport 1 turned into rather of a repeat of the final traditional-season sport between the Flames and Oilers on March 26, when Calgary defeated Edmonton 9-5. But they accomplish no longer spy this as a pattern and are no longer trying ahead to excessive-scoring affairs all during the sequence.

“We all know we would love to be better,” Backlund said. “We liked our first interval lots nonetheless then we allow them to intention assist in the game. We all know we can play lots tighter and place the next job than we did in the 2nd interval and starting of the third. From our standpoint, we fancy to be that dreary team that wins. We’re beautiful with that.”

Oilers projected lineup

Evander Kane — Connor McDavid — Leon Draisaitl

Zach HymanRyan Nugent-HopkinsJesse Puljujarvi

Warren FoegeleRyan McLeodKailer Yamamoto

Josh ArchibaldDerek RyanZack Kassian

Darnell Nurse — Cody Ceci

Duncan KeithEvan Bouchard

Brett KulakTyson Barrie

Mike Smith

Mikko Koskinen

Scratched: Philip Broberg, Devin Shore, Derick Brassard, Kris Russell

Injured: None

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau — Elias Lindholm — Matthew Tkachuk

Andrew Mangiapane — Mikael Backlund — Blake Coleman

Dillon DubeCalle JarnkrokTyler Toffoli

Milan LucicTrevor LewisBrett Ritchie

Noah HanifinRasmus Andersson

Oliver KylingtonMichael Stone

Nikita ZadorovErik Gudbranson

Jacob Markstrom

Dan Vladar

Scratched: Adam Ruzicka, Ryan Wood employee, Connor Mackey

Injured: Christopher Tanev (undisclosed)

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Foegele might possibly well also blueprint his sequence debut after being a wholesome scratch in Sport 1. … Tanev, a defenseman who has overlooked the past two games, participated in the morning skate Friday on the fourth pair with Connor Mackey.


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