Round 2 Game #4
Anaheim Ducks @ Edmonton Oilers
Wednesday, May 3rd, 7:00 PM PST
TV: NBCSN, TVAS, SN
Radio: Mighty 1090AM, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Copper N’ Blue
The Ducks left Orange County in a two-game hole, looking like things could get out of control if Edmonton could take Game #3. But, thanks to a huge game from from up and down the the Anaheim forward group, the Ducks got it done and avoided being pushed to the brink of elimination.
The Kelser line has done a good job containing Connor McDavid so far this series. The Oilers captain only has a goal and an assist on eight shots through the first three games. Anaheim’s continued pressure on the young center will go a long way to getting Anaheim back to even in this series.
Anaheim could be without the services of Patrick Eaves tonight as the Ducks winger was spotted in a walking boot after Sunday’s game. Randy Carlyle said yesterday that if Eaves didn’t skate today he would be highly questionable for tonight’s game. Corey Perry skated on the first line along with Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell yesterday. Nic Kerdiles was sent back to San Diego yesterday, but with Eaves possibly out, we could see Ondrej Kase draw in for his first career NHL playoff game [Correction: Ondrej Kase played in his first career playoff game against the Flames in Round #1 due to the Ritchie suspension].
Kevin Bieksa will also be out tonight, so we will most likely see Anaheim’s best possible blueline again tonight. Anaheim’s blueline is second in points these playoffs only behind Nashville’s. Continued production from their puck-moving defense will go a long way to getting Anaheim to the next round.