Live Blog: Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings Game 7

Follow the action as the Edmonton Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings in a Game 7 win-win in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is scheduled to begin tonight in downtown Edmonton. The puck drop is scheduled for just after 8 p.m. That’s it. For all marbles. In all sports, there is arguably nothing more intense than Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s going to be wild. You just know Rogers Place is going to be great! 🏒 🥅

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Will they or not? Draisaitl and Kulak absent during morning skating

By Jim Matheson

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Mikey Anderson (44) grabs Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) as right wing Kailer Yamamoto (56) grabs defenseman Matt Roy (3) during the first period of Game 6 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round at Arena.
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Mikey Anderson (44) grabs Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) as right wing Kailer Yamamoto (56) grabs defenseman Matt Roy (3) during the first period of Game 6 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round at Arena. Photo by Gary A. Vasquez /USA TODAY Sports

Here’s what we know about the Edmonton Oilers’ morning practice:

No Leon Draisaitl. No Brett Kulak.

Here’s what we don’t know:

If Draisaitl has been in a hyperbaric chamber since returning from Los Angeles to inject oxygen into his suspected sprained ankle to aid in recovery so he can get dressed for Game 7 against the Los Angeles Kings . Or maybe some of that horse linament DMSO that was illegal to use on humans but would have been – nudge, nudge – used on an Oiler player or two in the glory days to help heal their wounds. It helps to extract toxins from the tissues.

Draisaitl suffered an injury in the first-half scrum in Los Angeles when he was brought down by defender Mikey Anderson, appearing to have his foot bent at an awkward angle. He still played 18 minutes and won 11 of 15 faceoffs and netted defenseman Tyson Barrie’s game-winning goal with five minutes left in Game 6, but he was clearly in trouble after the incident with Anderson.

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So, will Draisaitl play Game 7? “The other day when we were in Los Angeles, I liked how Todd (Kings coach McLellan) said it…just this time of year, guys. No comment on rosters,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said.

Sprained ankles are problematic, of course, with all the stops and starts that occur in a game, but unless Draisaitl has a broken foot, you’ll likely see him there in a win or tie game for the Oilers. . He was very durable throughout his Oiler days. With his health being what he is, that would likely mean dressing 12 forwards, not 11 like they did in Game 6. Winger Warren Foegele did not play in Los Angeles, the first game that ‘he missed after 87 this season, would probably draw in.

As for Kulak, he had a solid game alongside Cody Ceci in Los Angeles on the stoppage defense duo. He does not appear to have been injured in the game. So not seeing him for the morning skate was surprising. But no information about him either.

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Darnell Nurse, who missed Game 6 due to a one-game suspension for headbutting Phillip Danault in Game 5 here, will return. Nurse, a 25-minute-per-game defender, accepted the Department of Player Safety’s one-game penalty but said the headbutt “was not intentional”.

Veteran Kris Russell, who blocked his usual four shots per game in the LA win, will give them six healthy Kulak can’t go.

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So, game-time decisions on Draisaitl and Kulak?

“I can’t control what you put out there,” Woodcroft said when asked by TSN’s Ryan Rishaug how to characterize their availability.

In short, nothing to see here, go your way…

Kings captain Anze Kopitar expects to see No. 29 in Game 7 against Team Connor McDavid. He was on the ice against both for much of Game 6. “It’s no secret that they’re going to play a lot,” Kopitar said.

The Oilers haven’t had a Game 7 at home since the first round against the Winnipeg Jets in April 1990, when they rallied after a 3-1 series holeshot to eliminate the late Dale Hawerchuk and the Jets. Kings goalie coach Bill Ranford is the only guy in the building Saturday who remembers that game because he was in net for the Oilers against Stephane Beauregard.

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Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is 4-0 in Game 7 since 2013, in case you were wondering—three in their 2014 Cup-winning year. played in a Game 7, hard to believe, and he played over 600 games in the NHL. There is a time for everything at 40.

This and that : Kopitar is also 4-0 in Game 7…LA hasn’t had top six winger Viktor Arvidsson (lower body suspected) the entire series. They’ve had their best player Drew Doughty around the team, but he’s out until the fall after wrist surgery… The Kings sat on the boards for their 11:30 a.m. practice until then precise before going on the ice, even if everything was ready. “We did it before Game 5 here,” Kopitar said.

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