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Published Time: 25.06.2024 - 13:05:13 Modified Time: 25.06.2024 - 13:05:13

Edmonton (49-27-6) finished second in the Pacific Division and had a remarkable turnaround after starting the season 2-9-1, firing coach Jay Woodcroft and replacing him with Kris Knoblauch on Nov. 13. Oilers, Edmonton Oilers, stanley cup game 7, Panthers, game 7 stanley cup



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The Oilers have been eliminated from the playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion the past three seasons. They lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round last season, and the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Final in 2022.

Edmonton (49-27-6) finished second in the Pacific Division and had a remarkable turnaround after starting the season 2-9-1, firing coach Jay Woodcroft and replacing him with Kris Knoblauch on Nov. 13.

The Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings in five games in the first round, the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in the second round and the Dallas Stars in six games in the Western Conference Final before losing to Florida in the Cup Final.

Potential unrestricted free agents: Connor Brown, F; Sam Carrick, F; Warren Foegele, F; Sam Gagner, F; Adam Henrique, F; Mattias Janmark, F; Corey Perry, F, Vincent Desharnais, D; Troy Stecher, D; Calvin Pickard, G

Potential restricted free agents: Dylan Holloway, F; Philip Broberg , D

Potential 2024 Draft picks: 6

1. Slow start

Edmonton lost the first three games of the Final despite outshooting Florida in two of those games. The Oilers outshot the Panthers 32-18 in Game 1, but lost 3-0. They were unable to solve goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 25 saves over the first two periods. Edmonton lost 4-1 in Game 2 and fell behind 2-0 in the series. In Game 3, the Oilers again outshot the Panthers, 35-23, but a 6:19 spell in the second period was their undoing, giving up three goals in a 4-3 loss. The 3-0 series hole proved too deep for Edmonton to climb out of, although they did win the next three games to extend the series to Game 7. The Oilers were unable to defeat the Panthers four times in a row and went on to lose the Stanley Cup by a goal.

2. Power-play struggles

Edmonton had one of the top-five power plays in the NHL during the regular season connecting at 26.3 percent, but it took too long to get going in the Final. The Oilers were 0-for-10 through the first three games and finished 3-for-24 in the series. Had the power play been able to connect closer to the rate of the regular season, it could have made the difference in the series. Edmonton only got one power play in Game 7 and had chances to convert, particularly after a shot from Evan Bouchard broke the stick of defenseman Gustav Forsling. Forward Kevin Stenlund gave Forsling his stick and had to play over a minute of the power play without one but Edmonton was unable to take advantage. The Oilers did not have another power play in the game.

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