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Every Florida Panther is defeated by Evander Kane in this crucial playoff statis


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Sam Jones
June 7, 2024  (7:06)
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Heading into the Stanley Cup Final: The Oilers' Physical Edge with Evander Kane
With the Stanley Cup Final on the horizon, one potential concern for the Edmonton Oilers could be the robust physicality of the Florida Panthers.

However, Evander Kane's presence significantly boosts the Oilers' chances. Despite battling a sports hernia throughout the playoffs, Kane has not only participated but excelled, registering more than 60 hits—a standout figure in the postseason.
Kane has amassed 62 hits across 18 playoff games. This performance places him among the most formidable enforcers this season, trailing just behind Dakota Joshua and Vincent Trocheck. The Panthers' own heavy hitters, Aaron Ekblad and Sam Bennett, trail with 54 and 53 hits respectively, showcasing the intense physical competition expected in the final.
As the series intensifies, both teams are visibly fatigued, having endured grueling paths to reach this pinnacle. The ability to apply physical pressure and exploit the vulnerabilities of an already weary opponent could tilt the scale in favor of either team. Known for their aggressive and disruptive gameplay, the Panthers are expected to challenge the Oilers with their signature tenacity.
While Kane leads the Oilers in physicality, he isn't alone in this tough persona. Teammates like Corey Perry, Sam Carrick, and Vincent Desharnais have stepped up, embracing the challenge and shedding any hesitation towards physical confrontations. This collective toughness will be crucial as the Oilers aim to counteract the Panthers' strategy and maintain their competitive edge.
To outlast the Panthers, the Oilers must escalate their physical game. The series not only tests skill and strategy but will also be a battle of endurance and resilience. With Kane spearheading the charge, the Oilers have a significant enforcer who can influence the game's tempo and momentum, making every hit count towards their quest for the Stanley Cup.
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Every Florida Panther is defeated by Evander Kane in this crucial playoff statis

Do you think the Panthers physicality will be too much for the Edmonton Oilers in the Cup Final?

Yes, the Panthers will overwhelm the Oilers1911.2 %
No, the Oilers can hold their ground14384.6 %
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