Oilers will play Flames or Stars in the second round of the West

The Edmonton Oilers will face either the Calgary Flames or the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Edmonton eliminated the Los Angeles Kings with a 2-0 win in Game 7 of the first round on Saturday.

The Oilers, number 2 in the Pacific Division, would start on the road against the Flames, number 1 in the Pacific, but would have the home advantage against the Stars, the West’s first wildcard. Game 7 of this series will be played in Calgary on Sunday (9:30 pm ET; ESPN2, SN, TVAS, BSSW).

Connor McDavid leads the NHL with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) this postseason. Forward Evander Kane (seven goals, two assists) and Leon Draisaitl (five goals, four assists) each had nine points against the Kings, defender Cody Ceci had six (one goal, five assists), and center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had five (two goals, three assists).

Mike Smith got all four of Edmonton’s wins and played every minute of the series.

The Oilers were 2-2-0 against the Flames during the regular season and were led by Draisaitl, who had 11 points (five goals, six assists), including a hat-trick and an assist in a 9-5 loss on 26 July. March. McDavid had seven points (three goals, four assists) and Nugent-Hopkins five (one goal, four assists).

Smith was 1-1-0 with an average of 3.81 goals against and percentage of defenses of 0.918, and Mikko Koskinen it was 1-1-0 with a 4.61 GAA percentage and 0.875 save.

Matthew Tkachuk (three goals, five assists) and Johnny Gaudreau (one goal, seven assists) led the Flames to eight points against the Oilers. Elias Lindholm (three goals, two assists) and Noah Hanifin (one goal, four assists) each had five points.

Jacob Markstrom was 2-2-0 with a 3.54 GAA percentage and 0.884 save.

Edmonton was 1-2-0 against Dallas in the regular season. McDavid had five points (one goal, four assists), Draisaitl (one goal, two assists) and Evan Bouchard (three assists) each had three points, and Kane scored two goals.

Smith made 34 saves in a 5–2 win on 20 April, and Koskinen allowed four goals on 27 shots in a 5–3 loss on 22 March.

Dallas was led by Rope Tip (three goals, three assists) and John Klingberg (six assists), each with six points against Edmonton. Jason Robertson had five points (three goals, two assists) and Denis Gurianov scored two goals.

Jake Oettinger was 2-0-0 with a GAA of 2.00 and a save percentage of 0.915. Scott Wedgewood made 45 saves on 49 shots in the loss on April 20.

Edmonton, who moved past the first round for the first time since 2017, are 4-1 in five postseason series against Calgary, winning their most recent encounter in seven games in the 1991 Smythe Division semifinals. The Oilers played the Stars six times in the playoffs since moving from Minnesota for the 1993-94 season. They are 1-5 in those series and have lost the last five, most recently in six games in the 2003 Western Conference quarterfinals.

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