Avalanche (1C) at Oilers (2P)
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Colorado leads top 7 series 3-0
The Colorado Avalanche could qualify for the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2001 by defeating the Edmonton Oilers in Game Four of the Western Conference Final at Rogers Place on Monday.
“It’s definitely a mindset that you should try to finish a streak,” Avalanche Defenseman Jack Johnson He said. “Winning is always the hardest. Every series takes a life of its own. It’s a different challenge for every series. We just try to stay focused and keep playing the same way and try to improve every game and every night because it gets tougher every night.”
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Colorado swept the Nashville Predators in the first round, winning 5-3 in Game 4. With a chance to eliminate the St. Louis Blues in Game Five of the second round, the avalanche lost 5-4 in overtime before winning 3-2 in Game 6 .
Oilers face elimination for the third time in the playoffs. They won games 6 and 7 in the first round against the Los Angeles Kings.
Edmonton will play without Evander King. The striker has been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety for riding the avalanche striker Nazim Qadri 1:06 in the third game.
My fate is out of the series due to an upper body injury. Kane leads the Stanley Cup playoffs with 13 goals in 15 games.
“We’ve done it all season; it’s the mentality of the next guy,” Oilers striker Leon Drystel He said. “We have enough great players on our roster who can fill up and bring energy and do a great job. I’m not too worried.”
The teams that lead the Top 7 Series 3-0 are 198-4 in NHL history, 2-0 in the 2022 playoffs.
Here are 3 keys to the game 4:
1. Oilers need more time zone
Edmonton had a hard time accumulating offensive pressure, which wasn’t an issue earlier in the playoffs. The Oilers scored 4.00 goals per game in the post-season, but scored twice in the previous two games, losing Game 2 in Denver 4-0 and Game 3 in Edmonton 4-2.
“We don’t spend a lot of time in their area, so you don’t get to pinch curling as much as you’d like.” straight ahead Zach Heyman He said. “They are erupting very quickly at the moment.
“[In Game 3] We were able to stop their outbreak better than the previous two, keep checking and we were able to stick to the disc a little longer. In order to achieve success we have to play that heavy match and devote some minutes to the skilled defense personnel.”
2. The avalanche wants the disc to move
Among the advantages of the avalanche is that they manage to keep the disk and move quickly in all areas.
Hyman noted that it was one of the reasons the Oilers family had such problems creating a mortgage.
That’s what the avalanche wants to keep doing.
“We have to play our identity, stay aggressive and assertive and keep attacking as much as possible,” coach Jared Bednar said. “It’s part of who we are and part of what makes us good.”
Avalanche will have many options to replace Kadri with either of them Miko Rantanen or JT Comfier Move to the center of the second line. Comfer played there during the third match after Qadri was injured.
Bednar did not tilt his hand.
“Depending on what they do with their lines, we’ll have two options ready,” Bednar said. “There are some matches that I like the most against some of their talents. We will look at that. We have a bunch of different players that can go in there and we can shape our squad in any of a number of ways. We might need to change it while we play as well.”
Predicted lineup avalanche
Gabriel Landskog – Nathan McKinnon – Valery Neshushkin
Arturi Laconin – Mikko Rantanen – Andrei Burakovsky
Alex Newhawk – JT Comfer – Nico Sturm
Andrew Cogliano – Darren Helm – Logan O’Connor
Devon Toze – Cal Makar
Jack Johnson — Josh Manson
Bowen Byram – Eric Johnson
scratched: Ryan MurrayAnd the Curtis MacDiarmid
The injured: Samuel Gerrard (rib cage) Darcy Comber (upper body), Nazim Qadri (upper body), Nicholas Ob-Kobel (lower body)
Expected assortment of lubricants
Zach Heyman – Conor MacDavid – Zach Cassian
Ryan Nugent Hopkins – Leon Drystel – Josh Archibald
Warren Vogel – Ryan McLeod – Jesse Poliogarvi
Derek Ryan – Derek Brassard
nurse darnell – Cody Sissy
Duncan Keith – Evan Bouchard
Britt Colak – Tyson Barry
scratched: Devin ShoreAnd the Olivier Rodrigue
The injured: Killer Yamamoto (upper body)
suspended: Evander King
Kuemper participated in the morning skating but is not expected to play. The goalkeeper has been off since leaving at 7:19 in the second half in Game 1. … Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said Yamamoto is unavailable. The striker was hit by a blow from Landeskog in the first period of Match 2… The Oilers are expected to play with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Brassard is expected to play with Yamamoto and Ken.