The Oilers have won the last three games of this series and they can close it out in Calgary on Thursday night. The Oilers attack has scored 14 goals in their three wins in a row and their defense has given up seven. Edmonton has all the confidence and looks to be a different team that gave up nine goals the Game 1 loss in this series. The Flames are against the wall down 3-1 in this series and what is up with their defense? In the regular season the team ranked third in the league only giving up an average of 2.51 goals per game but in this series, they are giving up an average of four goals per game. Calgary has not looked good on either side of the ice in the last three games and unless that changes, they will lose Game 5 and watch the rest of the playoffs from home. The puck drops at 930pm EST.
Showing Resilience, AgainIn Game 4 the Oilers beat the Flames 5-3 after giving up a 3-0 lead and they showed resilience coming back to win like they did after giving up nine goals Game 1 and coming back from an early 2-0 deficit in Game 2. In Game 4 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Evander Kane each scored two goals and Zach Hyman also lit the lamp. Edmonton was 2 for 4 on the power play and won despite being outshot 32-26. Mike Smith gave up three goals on 32 shots and after giving up three goals in just over six minutes in the bad 9-6 loss in Game 1 he has given up seven goals in the last three games of this series.
Kane leads the league with 12 playoff goals and he has scored five goals in the last two games while he had no goals and only one assist in the previous three games of this series. Connor McDavid leads the NHL playoffs in points and while he has not lit the lamp in the last two games, he did have five assists. Leon Draisaitl has seven goals in the playoffs and like McDavid he has not scored a goal in the last two games but in them had a whopping seven assists.
Now Or NeverThe Flames have to change their game and get the win in Game 5 or this series, where they are the favorites, will be over. In the 5-3 loss in Game 4 the team did come back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game but then gave up two unanswered goals. Elias Lindholm, Mikael Backlund, and Rasmus Andersson each scored in the losing effort and the team was 1 for 3 on the power play. Jacob Markstrom gave up four goals on 25 shots and he has given up 19 goals in the four games in this series. He has gotten the start in every game and will likely do so in this game and in the regular season he ranked third in the NHL in save percentage and GAA but has struggled mightily in this series.
Lindholm leads the team with five goals in the playoffs and has two goals and one assist in this series. Matthew Tkachuk tied with Lindholm for the team mead in goals in the regular season (42) and after a hat trick in Game 1 he has no goals and one assist in the last three games. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 13 points in the playoffs, had the second most points in the NHL in the regular season, and after a goal and six assists in three game he has failed to register a point in the last two games.
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