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Connor Brown makes Oilers playoff debut after being healthy scratched

Published May 8, 2024 at 2:43 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are set to commence their playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks tonight on the road, but they'll be doing so without Adam Henrique, a key player they acquired at the trade deadline. Henrique has been sidelined due to a leg injury that has kept him out of practice since the team's last round against Los Angeles.

With Henrique's status uncertain after missing another practice yesterday, Oilers' coach Knoblauch has made the decision to look towards the team's depth. Connor Brown, a later addition to the lineup, is now called upon to step up in this critical time.

In an attempt to fill the void, Mattias Janmark will be starting on the top line. However, it is anticipated that Knoblauch will frequently rotate several depth players into this role throughout the game.

There's also a possibility of seeing increased shifts for Draisaitl, Kane, and Nugent-Hopkins alongside McDavid and Hyman in a strategic move to bolster the top line's effectiveness.

Connor Brown's Moment to Shine Amidst Season Struggles

Connor Brown's journey with the Oilers this season has been less than ideal. Signed with the hope of bolstering the team's scoring depth, Brown managed only four goals across 71 games. Despite his $3.225M bonus for next year and a minimal contract this year, his performance did not meet expectations, leading to him being sidelined in previous playoff games.

However, in recent weeks, there seemed to be a resurgence in Brown's gameplay, showing promising signs of improvement. With the Oilers now facing a crucial game without Henrique, Knoblauch is banking on Brown to carry over his end-of-season momentum into tonight's game.

It's a significant opportunity for Brown to make a notable impact, whether it be through crucial plays on the penalty kill, invigorating the fourth line, or scoring a pivotal goal.

Tonight's game could be a turning point for Brown and the Oilers, as they seek to make a strong start in Vancouver. Despite the challenges posed by injuries and past performances, the Oilers' adaptability and depth will be tested as they aim for a victory on the road.
May 8   |   64 answers
Connor Brown makes Oilers playoff debut after being healthy scratched

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