Edmonton Oilers vs Florida Panthers Picks and Predictions June 21st 2024

Edmonton Oilers vs Florida Panthers NHL Fri, Jun 21, 20:00 pm.
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Panthers Keeping Cool as Host Oilers Try to Force Game 7 in Finals

Pressure? What pressure?

That is the attitude of the Florida Panthers as they prepare for their third chance to close out the Stanley Cup Final on Friday at the Edmonton Oilers.

The Panthers appeared well on their way to claiming the first championship in franchise history while winning the first three games of the best-of-seven series, but have dropped the last two games, the latest being Tuesday’s 5-3 loss in Sunrise, Fla.

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Staying Calm Amidst the Pressure

The Panthers are doing their best to remain calm about the moment, knowing full well the screws will tighten if they drop this game and head to a deciding Game 7 at home.

“Go up there and we’ve got to win one game,” . “That’s our mindset and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Evan Rodrigues

That said, the Panthers are not sticking with the status quo. Coach Paul Maurice appears set to make a couple of changes based on Thursday’s practice. Left winger Carter Verhaeghe, in need of an offensive jolt, skated on the top line while fellow left winger Rodrigues switched spots and was moved to the second line.

Lineup Changes and Strategic Adjustments

As well, forward Nick Cousins received a present on his 31st birthday with news he will be back in the lineup in place of Kyle Okposo on the fourth line. Cousins had been a healthy scratch for the past eight postseason games.

“Those guys that have kind of come in and out of the lineup, you can just tell that it’s not easy for them,” . “But in their off-time, and being under less game intensity, they come back in and they’re jacked.”

Paul Maurice

Whether those roster moves and the reset after the last game are the tonic for the Panthers remains to be seen, but the Oilers have pulled back from the brink with a couple of outstanding performances.

Oilers’ Remarkable Comeback

They are looking to join only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs to win the Stanley Cup after losing the first three games of the finals.

“We feel very fortunate to be in this situation, but I know I have a team full of guys who are hungry to make sure they get to play two more games and not just one,” coach said.

Kris Knoblauch

The Oilers have executed the game plan perfectly to turn the tide. Not only have they won the last two games, but the victories came in emphatic fashion by a combined 13-4 score. Holding the Panthers in check while showing their high-octane offense has been an impressive feat.

“It’s been lovely to see,” goaltender Stuart Skinner said. “I think we’ve got a lot of guys fully committed to playing both ends of the ice, which is an absolute need, especially at this time of the year.”

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Connor McDavid Leading the Charge

Of course, it helps when the Oilers have Connor McDavid leading the way. McDavid, who is only the third player in NHL history to collect 40 points in a single postseason, posted consecutive four-point performances to elevate his team to this point in their comeback. He is at 42, only behind Wayne Gretzky with 47 in 1985, Mario Lemieux with 44 in 1991, and Gretzky with 43 in 1988.

This year’s playoff run has shown McDavid’s ability to embrace the biggest of moments and excel during them.

“You spend your life working to get into a position like this. When you’re here, you think there’s going to be some magic feeling, but it’s all been pretty normal,” McDavid said. “This has always been part of the plan for our group. A position like this, playing big games at home, big moments, and there’s another tomorrow night.”

Connor McDavid

The Stakes for Game 6

As Game 6 approaches, the Panthers will need to harness their composure and execute their strategy effectively to prevent a Game 7. The changes in their lineup indicate a proactive approach to regaining momentum, while the Oilers are poised to continue their remarkable comeback.

The Panthers’ ability to close out the series will depend on their mental fortitude and performance under pressure. Meanwhile, the Oilers, buoyed by McDavid’s leadership and their recent successes, are determined to push the series to its ultimate limit.

Conclusion

The upcoming game is set to be a thrilling clash of resilience and strategy. Both teams are fully aware of what is at stake, and their preparation and execution will be crucial in determining who will emerge victorious. The Panthers aim to clinch their first championship, while the Oilers strive to complete an extraordinary comeback and keep their championship dreams alive.

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Edmonton Oilers
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O 5.5
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U 5.5
-105
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