Oilers Starting Goaltender For Tonight's Must-Win Revealed

Published May 14, 2023 at 11:17

Jay Woodcroft, the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers' AHL affiliate team, chose not to disclose his starting goaltender to the media earlier. However, the revelation has now come to light.

During practice before tonight's Game 5, 24-year-old Stuart Skinner was seen in the starter's net, while Jack Campbell occupied the other net, facing shots from defenseman Philip Broberg.

This development is intriguing considering that Skinner was pulled in the previous game due to a subpar performance, allowing four goals on 22 shots. Campbell stepped in and provided stability, enabling the Oilers to mount a near comeback. Additionally, Campbell has been performing well lately, making Woodcroft's decision to go with the young goaltender even more noteworthy.

One possible perspective is that starting Skinner builds his confidence, demonstrating that there are individuals who believe in him despite his recent struggles. However, it could also create added pressure, as Campbell looms as an alternative option if any issues arise, particularly in an elimination game where Skinner may have a shorter leash.

The Edmonton Oilers are set to face the Vegas Golden Knights tonight at 10 PM EST.
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