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Canucks break out franchise legends to prepare for Oilers powerplay

Published May 8, 2024 at 12:38

The Edmonton Oilers are gearing up for what could be a memorable playoff journey, fueled largely by their exceptional power play performance.

As they prepare to face the Vancouver Canucks, the focus intensifies on special teams, a crucial element that often decides the fate of playoff series.

The Oilers' power play prowess has been nothing short of historic this season, a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by the Canucks.

Recent practices have seen Vancouver emphasize penalty killing, even bringing in hockey legends like Daniel Sedin and Sergei Gonchar to assist coach Rick Tocchet in strategizing against Edmonton's formidable offensive lineup.

Under the guidance of coach Knoblauch, the Oilers' special teams have thrived, achieving a remarkable efficiency rate of 153% against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round.

With Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl leading the charge, Edmonton's power play has always been a threat. However, it's the significant improvements in their penalty killing that have truly rounded out their game, making their special teams unit even more lethal.

This strategic advantage could be pivotal, especially considering the Canucks will start the series without key goaltender Thatcher Demko. Edmonton's ability to capitalize on power plays could swiftly tilt the series in their favor.

Adding to the drama, the NHL has reportedly issued warnings to both the Oilers and Canucks about embellishment, with the Canucks known for drawing penalties — they ranked sixth in the NHL this season. This emphasis could lead to a series rich in penalties, testing both teams' discipline and special teams execution.

As the Oilers and Canucks reignite their all-Canadian rivalry tonight in Vancouver, fans are on the edge of their seats.

With Edmonton's robust team approach and exceptional special teams, the stage is set for a thrilling showdown. Oilers fans, brace yourselves for what promises to be an electrifying series!
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