The Edmonton Oil Kings head into tonight’s game three down 2-0 in their WHL finals best-of-seven series against the Portland Winterhawks. This is the first game of the series for Edmonton on home ice. With the last change, Oil Kings Head Coach Derek Laxdal will try to get the match ups most beneficial to his club.
“Having the last change will play into our favour,” Laxdal said. “Obviously, we want to try and get the match ups on the ice that we want. We really want to try and create some energy in our game tonight. We know they’re going to come back with (Chase) De Leo’s line and (Nicolas) Petan’s line every second shift so for us, we really want to make sure we have the right guys on the ice and put the right guys in the right situations but we really want to create some energy in our game tonight that gives us a little bit of confidence against Portland.”
Oil Kings forward Curtis Lazar is one of those players who could benefit from having the last change.
“We’ll see,” Lazar said. “I’ve been using the shutdown role for the majority of the playoffs and we sort of got away from that down in Portland. Whenever my name is called I’m going to go out there and try and put my team in a position where we can win.”
Lazar is tied for second on the team in scoring throughout the playoffs with 17 points (7-10-17) in 16 games.