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The Oilers clinched with six games left to play in the season; four more against the Canucks and two against the Montreal Canadiens
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Derek Van Diest
May 03, 2021 • 58 minutes ago • 5 minute read • Join the conversation
Brock Boeser (No. 6) of the Vancouver Canucks attempts to check Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (No. 93) of the Edmonton Oilers away from the puck during the first period at Rogers Arena on May 3, 2021 in Vancouver. Photo by Rich Lam /Getty Images Article content
It has been foregone conclusion for some time, but considering the struggles the Edmonton Oilers have endured trying to qualify for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, it was important to make it official.
With a 5-3 victory, on the road, against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, the Oilers officially clinched a playoff spot and will likely host either the Winnipeg Jets or the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.
“That’s what you’re after, that’s Step 1, you can’t compete for the Stanley Cup unless you make the playoffs,” said Oilers head coach Dave Tippett. “We accomplished that and we have six games left that we have to make sure we’re playing and continue to build our team. But I give our guys credit, the goal was to make sure we were a playoff team and that’s what we accomplished and now we have…