Oilers' Patrick Maroon has something to prove in series vs. Ducks

We'll see how that affects the series.

I could copy and paste the preview from the San Jose/Edmonton series.

Fiddler scored with 5:05 left and P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists, powering Nashville to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Wednesday. However, it was not an easy series. The following season Pronger manned the blue-line of a 110-point Anaheim club, where he and the Ducks won the only Stanley Cup of either's hockey existence.

In the midst of a six-goal third period, Larsson stepped up into the slot to rifle a wrister past John Gibson and give the Oilers a two-goal lead. Anaheim was the third-stingiest team in the league in the regular season, but Edmonton was eighth in goals-against per game too.

Anaheim wasn't anywhere near a disciplined team in Game 1, and they paid the price for it.

The Flames may have speed, but they lacked the size and physicality needed to go up against a tough Ducks squad. Joel Ward and Paul Martin will both be 36 with one and two more years remaining on their contracts.

Two road teams blew a couple of two-goals leads in the third period, but then got a couple of fortunate bounces and scored a couple of opportunistic goals in the Western Conference semifinals. And when the game opened up in the third, the Oilers were more than happy to fly up and down the ice scoring goals. Defenseman Shea Theodore and forward Rickard Rakell also had five points in the team's first round match-up. Their goaltending was pretty solid in the series, as well. Anaheim routed Calgary even though All-Star Cam Fowler didn't play and Sami Vatanen was limited to one game.

Bernier did good in his relief appearance, stopping all 16 shots he faced to give his team the chance to mount the comeback. During Game 4 of the Sharks and Oilers series, the Oilers' inexperienced youth behaved in the same way as the Flames did when confronted with adversity.

Leon Draisaitl added an empty-net goal to wrap up the 5-3 Edmonton win.

I have gone back and forth so many times.

Though Draisaitl won't acknowledge it, part of the reason for his production against the Ducks likely comes from the decision to play him on the wing with centre Connor McDavid this season. The Oilers went ahead 3-1 on Mark Letestu's second power play goal, following a holding penalty by Jakob Silfverberg on Connor McDavid.

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The 29-year-old Oilers goalie is proving everyone wrong, just like the rest of his team.

With the Ducks seemingly determined to keep McDavid in check, limiting him to just two shots in 20:53 of ice time, it was up to the likes of Larsson and Letestu to step up. "We need more emotionally and physically from some players in Game 2".

And, of course, we can't forget about goaltender Cam Talbot. "They are going to want to engage us physically".

If you look at the stats, you'll see the Sharks actually outscored the Oilers 14-12 in the series. Edmonton had a very balanced scoring attack against San Jose.

With their win against the San Jose Sharks yesterday, the Edmonton Oilers punched their ticket to the second round of the playoffs. The team also has high expectations for talent like Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Danny O'Regan that's coming up through the Barracuda. Kesler, one of this year's leading Selke Trophy candidates, played 11-plus minutes against McDavid, and the lockdown defensive tandem of Josh Manson and Hampus Lindholm was assigned to containing McDavid, Maroon and Leon Draisaitl as well. This spring Edmonton has five game-winners so far: two by Zack Kassian, and singles by Anton Slepyshev, David Desharnais and Adam Larsson.

"We didn't have our position in the neutral ice", Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. I did not take into account, however, their lackluster play going into the playoffs.

The Edmonton Oilers beefed up their top line Tuesday as they prepared for a second round National Hockey League series against the Anaheim Ducks, a series that centre Connor McDavid says will feature more hits, bodychecks, bruises, and ice packs.

One team surprised everyone. The three were an unstoppable force in Round 1, to the point that the Blackhawks' blue line couldn't figure them out in a four game stretch. "We know we're not going to win every series 4-0". And if Edmonton can nullify that, this could get really tough for the Ducks.

Unfortunately for Anaheim, special teams played a big role in Game 1. (Ryan) Nugent-Hopkins was taken No. 1, wasn't he?

Larsson has the all-around ability to make contributions like he did in Game 1, and he's not alone. However, that won't be the case against the Ducks.

"You don't just win on one superstar's back", McLellan said. He's the most dynamic offensive force in the game. Anaheim could be a bit rusty with a week off as it hasn't played since last Wednesday.