The Edmonton Oilers are facing elimination. And if that’s not devastating enough for Alberta: they’ll be without leading goal scorer Evander Kane tonight, who was suspended for a scary hit that injured Nazem Kadri in Game 3.
Kadri is also out indefinitely for Colorado which certainly hurts them, but from an impact perspective: the team’s depth should help cushion the blow. The same cannot be said for Edmonton, who already lacked depth and are now spread razor thin.
The silver lining for Oilers fans of course relates to having the best player in the planet at the helm. Connor McDavid has consistently proven capable of putting his team on his back and carrying them forward. But realistically, what are the chances he can do it again?
As the home team in Game 3, Edmonton had the advantage of 2nd line change. This should’ve enabled the coaching staff to get better matchups for McDavid to exploit. And how did that go? In ironic fashion, the opposite actually happened.