What Does The Edmonton Oilers Line-up Look Like In Game 7?

Feb 14, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; Edmonton Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft stands behind the bench during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; Edmonton Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft stands behind the bench during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Edmonton Oilers played a solid game last night to push the opening playoff round against the Los Angeles Kings to game 7. Throughout the series the Oilers have had various different line-ups and line combinations. What will the line-up look like tomorrow for game 7?

Game 1

In game one the Edmonton Oilers went with what they were putting out at the end of the regular season. The game ended up being a close finish. If Smith doesn’t give that puck up I could have seen the Oilers easily winning that game late in the 3rd or in overtime, but that play was a momentum killer.

In this game the Oilers 5v5 got outscored 4-1. You can’t expect to win a game in when it is like this. Just like every game except game 6 the Oilers had a slow start trailing and were trailing 2-0 before McDavid scored with 43 seconds left in the first.

Games 2, 3 and 4

Before game 2 Archibald was given clearance to travel with the team so he was injected into the line-up. That change caused a shuffle in the bottom six. That slight shuffle along with scoring the first goal boosted the team on a scoring frenzy. With the Edmonton Oilers scoring 6 and Smith getting the shutout this game was a solid effort all around in game 2.

Game 3 was a similar story to game 2. The Edmonton Oilers lead from start to finish the Kings were able to get a couple goals, but the Oilers answered quickly to stop the comeback. Kane added a hat trick to put a cherry onto in the 8-2 victory.

Game 4 though was a very different story than games 2 and 3. The Oilers came out flat. I think they thought LA was going to fold and give them the series, but the opposite happened. The Kings beat the Oilers in every aspect of this game. The Oilers didn’t get one past Quick and got shutout 0-4.

Game 5

After the terrible showing in game 4 the Oilers switched up every line for game 5. With Puljujarvi struggling in game 4 he was bumped down in the line-up and Yamamoto moved into his spot on the Kane/McDavid line.

With Yamamoto moving up it opened up a spot for McLeod to be place on that line. His speed was an asset on that line and it showed. Unfortunately those changes didn’t lead to a win. It was a close game, but once again the Oilers fell behind early.

The Edmonton Oilers were able to come back and tie it from being down 2, but lost it very early in overtime. In this game Darnell Nurse head-butted Danault and get suspended one game.

Game 6

Late in game 5 the Edmonton Oilers loaded up the first line by putting Draisaitl and McDavid while trying to tie the game. It work late in that game and Woodcroft wanted to carry that effort into game 6. Another notable change is Darnell Nurse being out do to the suspension.

Nurse bring out caused the Oilers to go 7 and 11. Russell and Broberg drew into the lineup to help spread out the work load. With the extra defenseman in the line-up a forward had to out and that player was Foegele.

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Game 7

Now looking forward onto game 7 there is lots of questions about what the line-up will look like come puck drop on Saturday. The biggest question will be if the Oilers will still run 7 defense and 11 forwards.

In my opinion I think they should keep it 11 and 7. When the Oilers have one less forward they have the ability to get McDavid and Draisaitl out on the ice a lot more often. With those two on the ice more often it obviously creates the chance more offense.

Another thing about have McDavid and Draisaitl playing with other line-mates is it gets them away from the Kopitar and Danault matchup. This will be important especially in this game 7. If the Oilers can get their two stars space and time this should be an easy win.

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