The next plot twist? We'll find out on Sunday night.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers Game 6
Date and Time: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Ducks vs. Oilers Game 6 TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network
Most hockey observers asked aloud after Game 4 if the Oilers had the grit to come back and ultimately win this series after blowing two chances at home to effectively put the Ducks down once and for all. The job looked to be halfway done over the course of much on Game 5, but alas, in the end, the team just flat out didn't have enough to get over the finish line. Edmonton was largely always second best in the OT periods, and though it had its chances to win for sure, many of which centered around Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid, the Ducks were certainly deserving winners.
But now comes the next question. Edmonton is now just 1-3 in the postseason this year in games that go to overtime. Can it rebound from this, the most crushing of blows at the end of a grueling series? It's a relatively short turnaround, and most of these players have never been on the ice for as long as they were in Game 5. That's probably the biggest storyline going back to Edmonton.
3 – The number of consecutive series which the Ducks have ultimately lost after taking a 3-2 series lead.
Here we go again, Anaheim. The Ducks have been here plenty of times before with opportunities to close out series, and in each of the last three seasons, they've watched 3-2 series leads turn into 4-3 series losses. Ryan Getzalf, Corey Perry… These are just two of the many who have been here through all of the heartache of yesteryear. This is supposed to be a different team this year under Randy Carlyle. We'll have to see if that truly is the case.
Ducks vs. Oilers Game 6 Free Picks
This isn't over yet. The Oilers can't close out this series at home like they would have wanted, but they aren't finished. They know they let a real opportunity go here on three separate occasions, all of which probably could have effectively killed this series off.
Still, Cam Talbot was brilliant in Game 5, and he could be the difference maker. It's hard to come back from a game in which you face darn near 70 shots, but if we're being honest, Talbot was the best player on the ice on Friday night, and none of the four goals he allowed were anywhere near his fault. He's the better of these two goalies for sure, and this just feels like a game when McDavid can take over.
You can bet on one thing for sure: If the Oilers get out of the blocks ahead in this one, they aren't going to take their foot off of the gas pedal. They'll finish this off and push the Ducks back to a Game 7 in what has quickly become the most fascinating of the postseason series thus far in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Ducks vs. Oilers Game 6 Score Prediction: Oilers 5, Ducks 2