Oscar Klefbom's late scratch from the lineup in Game 6 came as a surprise to many. Paired with the absence of Andrej Sekera, who will be sidelined for the remainder of the second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks, the team was in tough being down two key cogs on the backend.
Eric Gryba and Griffin Reinhart drew into the lineup to help Edmonton skate out to a dominating 7-1 win over the Ducks.
"I didn't know I was actually playing until after warmups but it didn't change my mentality going into the day," said Reinhart, who logged 13:23 of ice time and had an assist.
Five of the six Oilers defenders registered a point on the night and four finished the night plus-two, proving they were able to influence the game on both ends of the ice.
"I thought they played really well," said Adam Larsson. "They came in and it wasn't an easy situation for them."
"Griff's season was over maybe four weeks ago so it's not ideal for him but I thought he played very well."