The best part about the Stanley Cup playoffs is that we see how the teams react and counter what the opponent is doing. It’s the same team every two days and there are rarely any surprises. Both Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames will not make any significant changes to their gameplay. There may be slight changes after a loss, but Edmonton won’t suddenly play the 1-3-1 Kings system.
These teams are very equivalent. They’ve been nearly identical since Edmonton made a training change.
In the last 38 games, Oilers and Flames have scored 55 points. Edmonton went 26-9-3 while Calgary was 25-8-5.
The Oilers scored 3.82 goals/game and allowed 2.76. PP was 24.1% and PK was 82.1%
The Flames scored 3.84 goals/game and allowed 2.63. PP was 24.5% and PK was 81.5%.
Very little separates the two. Only Florida had a better P% than my Alberta team.
They both won the first round in seven matches, but in a very different way.
The Oilers scored 3.86 goals/game and allowed 2.43. PP was 36.8% and PK was 87.5%.
The Flames scored 2.14 goals/game and allowed 2.00. Their PP was 8.3% and their PK was 91.7%.
Jake Oettinger He played superbly past Dallas, but the Flames struggled to score. PP had anemia. Edmonton needs to tap their strengths and not let them get any kind of pat on the man advantage. Conor McDavid scored 14 points while Flams scored 15 goals.
Can Calgary slow down McDavid? It’s easier said than done. He has 11 goals and 25 points in his previous 14 games against the Flames, of which he has 3-4-7 in four games this season. In the regular season, Noah Hanfin and Rasmus Anderson played 27 and 28 minutes against McDavid, not allowing a goal. Same with the Tkachuk-Lindholm-Gaudreau line at 21 minutes. Chris Tanev and Oliver Killington also had positive numbers against McDavid. Of course the regular season means nothing now, but Elias Lindholm And Michael Backlund They each played 21 minutes against McDavid, and I suspect we’ll see a similar split starting the series. Especially in Calgary.
– A chess match will be the way Jay Woodcroft publishes MacDavid. I expect Leon Drystel To start the wing. He’s obviously breastfeeding from an injury and he’s not 100%, so I see him starting from the wing Killer Yamamoto. And why doesn’t Woodcroft mix MacDavid with Evander Kane and Zach Heyman? It worked against LA and I don’t see any reason not to continue with that plan against Calgary. Kane and Hyman play a lot differently than Draisaitl and Yamamoto, so it can affect matches. Plus if they change on the fly, the flame won’t know which center to go out. Will you be McLeod or McDavid?
– McDavid played 27 minutes into game seven and never looked exhausted, but only averaged 21:41/game in the series. He didn’t overuse it, and with almost no travel in the series, I was able to see McDavid an average of 24 minutes a night. why not? He plays the best hockey game of his career, and his conditioning is top notch. I don’t think 24 minutes of the game is unreasonable. Last season against the Jets, due to all overtime games, McDavid averaged 30:24/game. It was Leon Drystel at 31:55. The Oilers only had three days between games with no travel. McDavid would be too new to start this series. There is nothing holding it back. If the game gets out of hand, either way, you can then reduce his minutes, but he’s trained hard in the off-season to play big minutes.
– Here’s a look at how the Oilers and Flames offensive, defensive and special teams looked like in the first round, courtesy of Sportlogiq.
The goalkeeping match will be the key. Both Mike Smith And Jacob Markstrom She played well in the opening round. Smith already had more quality starts and stole a game according to SL.
I think we’ll see more attack in this series than we saw in the first round. The Flames won’t credit Edmonton with 2.00 goals/match and I expect Calgary to score more than the Kings did.
The past has no bearing on this series, but in three of the previous five meetings, the series has come a long way. The Oilers won seven games in 1984 and 1991, while Calgary won seven games in 1986. Edmonton won four (1988) and five (1983), but I’d be surprised if this was a short streak. It has six or seven games written all over it. They are more or less identical. They split the season series 2-2 with Calgary’s victory over the Oilers 17-16. Each team scored one victory with four goals. Edmonton won 5-1 and Calgary 9-5. The home team won all four matches.
In the first round, McDavid led Edmonton offensively, but they got decent productions down the lineup as well.
They had 12 players who scored a goal and 10 players had at least three points. McDavid will be their offensive motivator, but they will need to score in depth to win this series.
– Meanwhile, the Flames will be looking forward to start their attack.
You won’t win as many streaks as you’ve scored 15 goals in seven games. The Oilers have a much more powerful Offensive Attack than Dallas’s. Edmonton had the seventh best offensive all season, while Dallas was 21st. Since Woodcroft’s arrival, the Oilers are fifth in attack (3.82), while Dallas is ranked 28th (2.68). Calgary will need to finish more of their chances. Oettinger played superbly, no doubt, but the Flims strikers need to harvest more of their good chances.
Markstrom handles pucks like Smith. In the first round, Markstrom had 142 passing attempts while Smith had 127. Markstrom was more conservative, making only 17 pass attempts, while Smith had 32. They’ll need clever spools similar to the ones Flames don’t allow Smith to make quick exit passes.
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