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Canucks media mentions referee bias against Oilers in series

Published May 11, 2024 at 7:50 PM

It's becoming clear that everyone is noticing that the referees in the Canucks dash Oilers series are favoring the Vancouver Canucks rather than a balanced game. Thomas Drance who covers the Vancouver Canucks for the Athletic tweeted that the numbers show the Oilers have only had two power play opportunities throughout the entire series.

The Oilers came into this series as the number one power play an penalty killing team in the entire NHL tournament. This distinct advantage certainly tilted the Oilers as a favorite to winning this series as special teams have become prominent across the entire tournament.

It was clear in Game 2 that it many blatant calls against the Canucks that Coach Kris Knoblauch mentioned that more penalties need to be called.

Both Canucks and Oilers rely on special teams

The Oilers throughout the regular season were fourth in power play percentage and were 15th in penalty killing, while the Canucks were not as strong with an 11th overall power play and 16th penalty kill.

Suffice it to say, this will be a long series which should go the distance of seven games in between game 3 and potentially Game 7 both teams will show what they think of one another as the battle of Canada continues in the quest to win the Stanley Cup.
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Canucks media mentions referee bias against Oilers in series

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