Waking Up With The Edmonton Oilers- Biggest Game In Rogers Place History

Since the Edmonton Oilers have moved into their downtown rink there hasn't been a game nearly as important as game 6 tonight against the Florida Panthers.
Edmonton Oilers v Florida Panthers
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The Edmonton Oilers have the chance to force a game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals tonight, if you were to tell me back in late November that I would be writing that as an opening sentence of an article I would have probably laughed. The Oilers have had the odds stacked against them since then and even more so at the beginning of this series. After going down 3-0 to the Florida Panthers the Oilers are now set to play the biggest game in Rogers Place history.

While this season is not the first season the Oilers have made the playoffs in Rogers Place it is the first time they have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. While games 3 and 4 were also home games, neither of those games had the chance to put them one win away from hoisting the Cup. tonight will be the most important game in Edmonton since their last Cup appearance where they eventually lost in game 7 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

There are a few things different about the team that lost and this current roster. The main difference is the fact that the 2006 Edmonton Oilers did not have the best player in the world on their team. Not only does the current team have Connor McDavid, but they also have a Connor McDavid who is playing what could possibly be his best hockey to date.

In both of the elimination games so far McDavid has gotten 4 points in each of those games for a total of 8 points in 2 games. That is something that has never been done in a Stanley Cup Final. For McDavid, records mean nothing to him, what he really wants to do is win hockey's most coveted prize, the Stanley Cup.

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In order to win the Cup the Oilers will need to win two more games, starting with the one tonight. This Oilers team has proven that they can thrive with their back against the wall, but they have never had to win 4 straight games against a team as skilled as the Panthers. If the last 2 games are any indication they can do it, but this team is going to have to play nearly perfect hockey the rest of the way in order to do so.