Do or die: Oilers hopeful for comeback on home ice ahead of Game 4

The Edmonton Oilers have a second chance to win on home ice Saturday as they face off against the Florida Panthers in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final. 

The Panthers can win the NHL championship in Edmonton if Connor McDavid’s Oilers don’t make a comeback from a three-game deficit in the series Saturday.

“We’ve got to get ready for a game, get ready for Game 4 and get a win — that’s all we can do,” said McDavid on Thursday after Game 3. 

The game starts at 6 p.m. MT, and will be broadcast on CBC. 

Despite the odds being against the Oilers, the team has not given up hope.

“Two of the three games probably could have went either way,” said Leon Draisaitl, after Thursday’s loss. “We could be up 2-1 right now, but that’s not the case. It’s not how this league or how this sport works, unfortunately.

“We’ve just got to find a way to dig ourselves out.”

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Down 3-0 but not out? Oilers fans maintain hope

Oilers fans say they aren’t giving up hope, even though Florida Panthers have a 3-0 series lead after winning Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final at Rogers Place Thursday night. Some are hoping the Oilers skilled forwards can break the great wall of Bobrovsky.

Canadian music icon Shania Twain will serenade fans at a Festival at the Final concert series at the Scotiabank Fan Park outside Rogers Place. No tickets are required to view the performance, which begins at 4 p.m. Doors for game ticket-holders will open at 4:30 p.m.

The last time the Oilers were in the Stanley Cup final was 2006, when a game win saw thousands of fans spill into Whyte Avenue and riot. Oilers ultimately lost the series in Game 7 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Edmonton police Chief Dale McFee, during an unrelated media event Thursday, said there will be a strong police presence to handle the Stanley Cup crowds. 

A man in a grey and yellow work jumpsuit squats beside an orange and blue sign.
Edmonton Oilers fans outside of Rogers Place in Edmonton. (Timon Johnson/CBC)

“We’re optimistic that people are going to behave and if they don’t, then we’ll deal with it accordingly,” McFee said.  “But we will definitely have a strong, visible presence.”

CBC Alberta will be broadcasting the Stanley Cup final action live, including a pre-game chat with fans on the CBC Alberta YouTube channel. The excitement will also be delivered on CBC Edmonton’s TikTok account, @cbcedmonton

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