Anaheim vs. Edmonton: Round 2 Preview

The season series went 3-2 EDM (2-1-2 ANA). These teams are evenly matched. Big, can score, get key contributions from youngsters. Edmonton a bit younger, with Connor McDavid, Zach Kassian and Leon Draisaitl, while Ducks rely on veterans Ryan Kesler, Corry Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

Goaltending favors the Oilers just a tad, as Cam Talbot shut out the Sharks twice in Round 1, although he was pulled after allowing five on 24 shots in Game 4, a 7-0 loss. John Gibson yielded to Jon Bernier for 32:57 in a Game 3 comeback victory, but otherwise was solid.

All eyes will be on Ryan Kesler vs. Connor McDavid, with good reason. But the story of the series will be whether, from Anaheim’s side, Getzlaf (3-2-5) and Corey Perry can break free to produce and lead the way they did in Round 1 vs. Calgary. On Edmonton’s side, Zach Kassian, Slepyshev, and Mark Letestu must provide depth, as Anaheim’s shutdown line (see above) is going to prove problematic.

Anaheim’s defense was banged up, but should get Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen back for this series, with Fowler likely ready from the get-go. Edmonton got two big goals from Oskar Klefbom vs San Jose.

Anaheim in a hotly-contested 5.

LINEUPS
ANAHEIM
FORWARDS
Nick Ritchie / Ryan Getzlaf / Patrick Eaves
Andrew Cogliano / Ryan Kesler / Jakub Silfverberg
Rickard Rakell / Nate Thompson / Corey Perry
Chris Wagner / Antoine Vermette / Logan Shaw
DEFENSEMEN
Cam Fowler / Brandon Montour
Hamps Lindholm / Josh Manson
Shea Theodore / Kevin Bieksa
INJ: Sami Vatanen
GOALTENDERS
John Gibson
Jonathan Bernier

EDMONTON
FORWARDS
Drake Caggiula / Connor McDavid / Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic / Ryan Nugent-Hopkins / Jordan Eberle
Patrick Maroon / Mark Letestu / Zack Kassian
Benoit Pouliot / David Desharnais / Anton Slepyshev
DEFENSEMEN
Oscar Klefbom / Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera / Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse / Matt Benning
GOALTENDERS
Cam Talbot
Laurent Broissoit

 

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