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In game 4 of the playoffs, the Oilers may finally play a fan favorite player


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Sam Jones
June 14, 2024  (1:10 PM)
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After a disheartening loss in game three of the Stanley Cup finals, the Edmonton Oilers stand on the brink of elimination, prompting speculation about significant lineup changes for the critical game 4.

Among the potential adjustments, the inclusion of Sam Gagner, who has yet to appear in this season's playoffs, is gaining traction.
Sam Gagner was seen actively participating in practice this morning, hinting at a possible debut in the playoff lineup. Despite his involvement with the Oilers' Black Aces throughout the playoffs, Gagner skated on what appeared to be a fifth line alongside Sam Carrick, suggesting that his inclusion in the upcoming game remains uncertain.
Gagner's season has been relatively low-key, with only 28 games played, during which he netted 5 goals and assisted on another 5. His reduced role followed the Oilers' acquisition of Corey Perry, which significantly limited Gagner's ice time.
The call for Gagner's return has been loud among Oilers fans, who have expressed their support through various social media platforms. Many believe that Gagner's experience and leadership qualities could provide the much-needed depth scoring and clutch play missing from the team's current bottom six.
Injuries have also played a part in the team's current predicament, with both Evander Kane and Darnell Nurse missing from practice today. Kane, who was sidelined for game three, is likely to miss game four as well, while Nurse, despite an apparent injury, is expected to play.
As the Oilers prepare for what could be their last stand this season, the pressure is immense. The team has demonstrated resilience before, rallying from near the bottom of the standings to reach the finals.
With the home crowd behind them, Saturday night in Edmonton is shaping up to be a do-or-die affair, possibly sparked by the veteran presence of Sam Gagner.
Source: Tom Gazzola
Sam Gagner participant at practice
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In game 4 of the playoffs, the Oilers may finally play a fan favorite player

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