Game 5: Ducks Look To Take Control Of Series

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks took Game 4 in overtime by a final of 4-3 and look to take control of the series tonight.

Anaheim Outlook

The Ducks have come back to win the last two games in Edmonton and tie the series. Anaheim has gained home-ice back again and can take control of this series with a win tonight. According to Randy Carlyle, the Ducks will be without Patrick Eaves (lower body injury) and Ondrej Kase (upper body injury) will both not play tonight. Kase was cross-checked hard by Milan Lucic in Game 4. Nic Kerdiles has been recalled and could get the start tonight. Kevin Bieksa skated on his own this morning but doesn’t appear to be ready.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks got down 2-0 to start Game 3 after a terrible first period. The Ducks were able to rally in the second period with three start goals. Edmonton did force overtime, but the Ducks were able to prevail. Anaheim can’t afford to get behind early again. The Ducks need to start this contest like Game 3 and keep the momentum throughout the game. The Ducks also need to avoid the penalty box as much as possible, but the Oilers have scored in three games out of four with the extra man.

Anaheim Projected Lineup

Offense
Rickard Rakell – Ryan Getzlaf –Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Nick RitchieAntoine Vermette – Nic Kerdiles
Chris Wagner – Nate Thompson – Logan Shaw

Defense
Cam FowlerSami Vatanen
Shea Theodore – Josh Manson
Hampus Lindholm – Brandon Montour

In Net
John Gibson (Probable)

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Edmonton Outlook

The Oilers dropped Game 4 after a great start to the contest. They scored two goals late in the first period and had control of the game with a 2-0 lead. In the second period, they allowed Anaheim back into the game and got behind by a goal. Edmonton has used their speed to control the tempo of the games in this series, but they haven’t been doing it consistently. One advantage has is their team appears to be more healthy than the Ducks.

Keys To The Game

Consistency is the key for the Oilers. They got down by three goals in one game and then were up two goals to start another game, but lost both in the end. They need to play a solid 60 minutes if they want to beat Anaheim. The Oilers have been able to score on the power play, so if they can work the forecheck and get Anaheim penalty trouble, then they have a good chance of winning tonight.

Edmonton Projected Lineup

Offense
Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Drake Caggiula – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian
Benoit Pouliot – David Desharnais – Anton Slepyshev

Defense
Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse – Matt Benning

In Net
Cam Talbot (Probable)

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May 5th, 2017

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