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Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan spoke about his squad's looming Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks

by Paul Gazzola /

Game 7.

Is there anything better?

Edmonton will play the Anaheim Ducks in the first Game 7 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan commented on his team's looming series decider on Monday, mentioning how much of his squad lacks anecdotal Game 7 experience.

"Our team hasn't experienced it," said McLellan. "It's been 10 years since we've been in the playoffs so there's not a single individual that's played together with anybody here that's gone through Game 7."

Like with every new opportunity this nascent Oilers team has faced this season, Game 7 will be another learning experience.

"It'll be another opportunity for us to grow and gain experience as an organization and individually as players," said McLellan. "A lot of players and coaches have their own past histories with Game 7 but you can't really introduce that to the group.

"It's about what's happening within that little culture that we have going in the locker room. You can't bring in the outside. You can share some stories if somebody asks you any questions but I don't think it's going there. I think our group is just going to prepare for what they believe will happen and attack the game that way."

The last Game 7 the Oilers played was on June 19, 2006, in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes. Edmonton lost the game 3-1.

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