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In a huge lineup change before game 4, the Oilers bench three regulars


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Sam Jones
May 29, 2024  (3:41 PM)
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In a huge lineup change before game 4, the Oilers bench three regulars
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Tonight's game 4 is pivotal for the Edmonton Oilers as they face off against the Dallas Stars on their home ice.

In a strategic move, the Oilers' coach, Kris Knoblauch, is shaking things up by benching three regular players, aiming to inject new energy into the team's dynamics.
Vincent Desharnais, known for his size and strength, has been a solid contributor on the bottom pair. However, with the Oilers struggling to efficiently move the puck, Desharnais will sit out tonight's game. His spot will be taken by Philip Broberg, whose skills-oriented play is expected to help alleviate the team's current back-end woes. This change signifies a tactical shift, focusing on skill over size to enhance puck movement .
Warren Foegele, despite his impressive speed and skating abilities that often draw comparisons to Connor McDavid, has not been impactful enough in the playoffs. He finds himself replaced in the lineup by Ryan McLeod, who, alongside Corey Perry, is expected to bring a fresh and hungry approach to the game. Both McLeod and Perry are eager to prove their worth and solidify their positions in the lineup, making this a critical test for them to influence the playoff dynamics positively .
The Oilers' defense has shown vulnerabilities, particularly against the aggressive forechecking of the Dallas Stars. Notable players like Darnell Nurse and Cody Ceci have faced criticism for their mishaps, and Desharnais has also struggled. Although it's tough to see a player like Desharnais sidelined, the strategic adjustments suggest that he could be called upon later, should the Oilers extend their playoff run .
With these bold lineup changes, the Oilers aim to revitalize their team strategy and performance. As the series moves back to Dallas, these adjustments could be the key to tying the series and gaining a crucial momentum shift. Tonight's game will not only test the new lineup but also signify the team's adaptability and resilience in the face of playoff pressures.
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MAY 29   |   103 ANSWERS
In a huge lineup change before game 4, the Oilers bench three regulars

In Game 4, do you believe the Edmonton Oilers should start these three players?

Yes, agree with all6866 %
Don't scratch Desharnais1817.5 %
Don't scratch Foegele109.7 %
Don't scratch Carrick76.8 %
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