Edmonton Oilers Plan to Start Calvin Pickard in Game 4

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In what will be his first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff start, Calvin Pickard has been chosen as the starter over the primary starter Stuart Skinner for Game 4 of the Second Round against the Vancouver Canucks. This will be Pickard’s second career Stanley Cup Playoff game after making his debut in Game 3 making this a significant opportunity for him. With Stuart Skinner struggling and allowing 12 goals in three games so far in the series against Vancouver, with a 0.793 save %, it seems like the right decision for Edmonton’s Head Coach Kris Knoblauch to give Pickard a chance. Pickard started the season as Edmonton’s 3rd goaltender but moved up to the 2nd goalie position after Jack Campbell’s early struggles. Throughout the season, Pickard played in 23 games and posted a 0.909 save %, which is quite impressive for a backup goaltender. It’s expected that he can provide Edmonton with solid goaltending for Game 4.

Edmonton’s success in this series hinges on solid goaltending, which they have yet to receive from Stuart Skinner. With the offensive prowess of their top lines and strong defensive play in the back end, the Oilers have the potential to comeback in this series. If they can minimize turnovers and defensive mistakes, and if Pickard can step up in goal, they have a real chance to even the series at 2-2 tonight. Game 4 is a pivotal moment for the Oilers, and a win is crucial to avoid falling behind 3-1 heading into Game 5 in Vancouver.

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