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Edmonton Oilers Contemplating Benching Their Star Players Ahead of Playoffs


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Dawson McKenzie
March 19, 2024  (8:19)
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Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl celebrating a goal during an Edmonton Oilers game.
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The Edmonton Oilers are considering a new move that might start a trend, benching their stars well in advance of the playoffs in order to give them a rest.

Edmonton Oilers Could Consider Benching Stars For Rest Before Playoffs

In the NBA, it is common to see star players take maintenance days throughout the season, missing games for seemingly no reason besides preservation for the playoffs. Now, the NHL could consider doing similar things, especially the Edmonton Oilers.
With the season wrapping up, the Oilers almost assuredly secured themselves a playoff spot. It might be beneficial to give guys like Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl some rest head of the playoffs, given the minutes that they play. With over 10 games left in the season, this would be an earlier move than normal for NHL teams.
Would you be resting key players in the final 10 games of the season?!

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Oilers Have Come a Long Way Since the Start of the Year

The Oilers' story this season is one for the ages, even if they don't perform well in the playoffs. They started the year in the dumpster, with one of the ugliest records in the first 20 or so games in the NHL. After firing their coach and making some moves in goal, they completely turned their season around, and are back in the conversation on who could win the Cup.
With a rested team, the Oilers truly have a shot at breaking the Canadian Cup winner slump.
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