In Sunday’s critical Game 6 against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Edmonton Oilers have opted for their regular starting goaltender, Stuart Skinner. Following a disappointing performance in the Oilers’ 4-3 loss in Game 5, wherein Skinner conceded four goals on 22 shots, including three within a 90-second flurry towards the end of the second period, he was replaced.
This is not the first time Skinner has substitute during this series; he also taken out in Game 3, which resulted in a 5-1 victory for Vegas. Despite concluding the 2022-23 regular season with an impressive save percentage of .914, the rookie netminder has experienced a drop to .890 in his 11 playoff appearances.
Having started every game for the Oilers in the postseason, the significance of Game 6 cannot overstated. With the Oilers trailing 3-2 in the second-round series against the Golden Knights, a defeat would eliminate Edmonton from the playoffs. The Oilers can rely on backup goaltender Jack Campbell, who boasts an impressive 5-1-0 career record against the Golden Knights.
In the games played, Campbell has maintained a remarkable goals against average of 1.65 and a save percentage of .956. Additionally, defenseman Darnell Nurse will return to the Oilers lineup after serving a one-game suspension due to an instigator penalty acquired at the conclusion of Game 4. Similarly, for the Golden Knights, blueliner Alex Pietrangelo will be back in action following a one-game suspension resulting from a forceful slash on Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl in Game 4. Fans can catch the live action of Skinner and the Oilers as they aim to push the series to a decisive Game 7. The game will televised on Sportsnet and SN NOW at 10 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. MT.