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NHL - US Sports: Oilers eye home opportunity

Despite being 2-0 down in the Western Conference Final to the Colorado Avalanche, forward Zach Hyman says the Edmonton Oilers remain confident and focused on taking advantage of home ice.

The Oilers, who are 17/1 to win the Stanley Cup, lost 8-6 in Game 1 before being shut-out 4-0 in Game 2 on Thursday, both at Colorado's Ball Arena.

What: Colorado Avalanche v Edmonton Oilers, Western Conference Finals Game 3

Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton

When: 01:00am, Sunday 5th June, 2022

How to watch: TNT or bet365 Live Stream

Odds: COL Avalanche 5/6, EDM Oilers 5/6

Home comforts

With the best-of-seven series shifting to Edmonton on Saturday, Hyman has called on the Oilers to use home comforts to get back into the series. They are 6/1 to turn the series around and reach the Stanely Cup Final.

The Oilers have a 4-2-0 record at Rogers Place in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs which has helped them to progress past the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames, winning the opening series in seven games before needing just five to progress from round two.  

The 29-year-old Hyman has scored 13 points (nine goals, four assists) in 14 post-season games which ranks joint fourth for Edmonton, while Evander Kane is the top goalscorer for all players in the playoffs with 13.

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The Oilers also have the top points scorers in the playoffs, Connor McDavid (29; eight goals, 21 assists) and Leon Draisaitl (28; seven goals, 21 assists). 

Edmonton finished second in the Pacific Division in the regular season (49-27-6). They went 28-12-1 at home, and 21-15-5 on the road.

Big opportunity

Hyman said to the media: "We're still a confident group. It's a series, right? This is how it goes, there are momentum swings, it's a rollercoaster. They defended home ice, so we have an opportunity to go back home, feed off the crowd and get the momentum back.

"We've done a good job throughout this year when our backs are against the wall, we're facing adversity and pushing back. This is a big opportunity for us to do that."

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