Nobody knows what diseased body parts Leon Drysittel drags around the ice.
It looked as if he turned his right ankle when LA Kings defender Mickey Anderson made a wrestling move at the Edmonton Oilers Center and dragged him onto the ice during a fight in Game 6.
But, Draisaitl also looked like he was bending his knee during the match. Maybe there are some loose laces in there.
All we know is that Draisaitl will likely dress up for a 7 Saturday game, because it would take a compound fracture of his leg to get this tough guy off.
After leaving the bench twice in Thursday’s first period, he destroyed it, and playing 18 minutes, Tyson Barry set up for the winner with a perfect bowl late in the third.
“Good,” said Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft, before leaving Los Angeles on Friday morning.
Unless seen on crutches or in walking shoes, we’ll get a better picture in skiing on Saturday morning. If it was his ankle, as soon as his foot got off the sled, it would probably be swollen.
“During the match, I got the adrenaline pumping and the next day, you would see the effects of the injury. I hope it’s not something so bad,” former Oiler Fernando Pisani said. “The (ankle) sprains are the worst. Every time you stop and start, it affects your entire body. We’ll never know (what exactly went wrong) until after the playoffs.”
Woodcroft didn’t like Anderson’s downfall, but he wasn’t about to attack referees who didn’t ask for a penalty kick in play. Anderson has had a great streak and is the most aggressive of the blueler.
“You guys (the media) watched the match…but a really good coach mentor once told me that there are only a few jobs in hockey. One is a player, one is a manager, one is a coach and one is a referee. Training is my business,” Woodcroft said. “I know what you saw as we moved forward.”
Great on both sides
Conor McDavid, who survived a terrible icy strike from Arthur Kaliev in the second half, was all over the scoring in Game 6 to take 12 points in six games, but his tricky back in the last minute to steal the puck. To put Evander Kane in his empty position, Andreas Athanasio clearly demonstrated how he has developed as a strong two-way player. There is a lot of Sidney Crosby at McDavid.
“What he doesn’t get credit for is how good he defends himself. The amount of tough minutes he plays, the mistakes he makes and the price he paid for that kind of success,” Woodcroft said.
“He talks about his will, he talks about his preparations, and for someone to play at this level is an inspiration for our group.”
“Everyone knows what he’s doing in the regular season, but he wants to take his game to the next level and that’s the playoffs. When we’re in the games, you can tell he wants to be a squad maker. That separates the really good players,” said Oilers goalkeeper Mike Smith, said. About the great players.
Ice home, but…
Every team wants a 7 on their building, so the Oilers have that, but the Kings have won four straight 7s and are 7-4 for life. The last time the Oilers played a Game 7 at home was on April 16, 1990 against the Winnipeg Jets when Mark Lamb took the winner to cap a 3-1 run in the series.
The Kings’ current goalkeeper Bill Ranford was Euler’s goalkeeper that night.
Not worth the risk
Evander Kane scored a third goal that was cleared by a goalkeeper’s accidental tackle on Zach Hyman, as Woodcroft chose not to challenge his heart, when he went 2-0 up in the event of a loss and the Kings had a solid play.
“Experience and listen to what our video coach Jeremy Kopal has to say. He has been incredible all his time in the National Hockey League. We trust him,” Woodcroft, who did not get the go-ahead from Coupal, said. “We knew we would find a way to win without that call going our way.”
This is: Darnell Nurse will return after being suspended for one game for head-butting Phillip Danault, but with the strong defensive duo of Brett Colak and Cody Cisse in Game 6, a Nurse may return with his old partner Barry for Game 7… D-man Philip Broberg, who played three Minutes into his first playoff on Thursday when they were wearing seven blues, to Bakersfield…With Drysettl’s medical in place, it’s hard to know if they’ll get Warren Voigili back after a healthy scratch in Game 6 because veteran Chris Russell has been so good at Los Angeles. He made four saves, and his best shot was a robber of Anzi Kopetar… The Oilers went with a nine-forward for the third in Los Angeles with Jesse Poliojarvi (5:30) and Zach Cassian (6:37) seated. Puljujarvi had a fun night. He had 12 bouts but averaged only 27 seconds on each one… McDavid is one of the three finalists for the Ted Lindsay NHL Player of the Year award as voted on by his peers. Auston Matthews and Roman Josie are the other two… Barry had gone 19 playoffs (April 29, 2019 with Colorado v San Jose) without a goal before the match-winner beat Jonathan Quick.