Updates on Edmonton Oilers Ahead of Game 5

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It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

The Edmonton Oilers practiced today in Sunrise, Florida, ahead of a pivotal Game 5 tomorrow night at 8:00 PM ET (6:00 PM MT). They are currently trailing 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final after a dominant 8-1 victory over Florida on Saturday night. In that game, Connor McDavid broke Wayne Gretzky’s record for most assists in a single playoff run with 32 assists. This team has overcome challenges throughout this season, and anything is possible when this team heats up, especially after losing 3 games in a row this season. The belief is definitely there within this team!

Below is the lineup from the Oilers’ practice on Monday afternoon:

Coach Knoblauch appears to be sticking with the same lineup from Game 4, which, in my opinion, is a wise decision. Broberg has shown to be the best pairing with Nurse so far these playoffs, and their performance in Game 4 was proof of that. Holloway, on the second line, enables RNH and Draisaitl to play with pace and energy up the ice. This can create odd-man rushes and potentially catch the lockdown Panthers’ defense off guard. The only potential change I see happening with this lineup is Desharnais replacing Ceci, but I would keep it exactly the same as it was in the emphatic 8-1 victory in Game 4.

Broberg & Holloway

Kane’s Injury

Evander Kane has been dealing with an undisclosed injury during these playoffs and has been trying to play through it in this series. Personally, I think it might be best to rest Kane as he hasn’t been contributing much lately, particularly since he’s known for his physical style of play. During Monday’s media availability, Kris Knoblauch was asked about the chances of Evander Kane playing again in this series, and he responded, “It’s good.” Will Evander return for Game 5, or will he come back later if Edmonton forces a Game 6 back in Edmonton, AB?

Monday’s Media Availability

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