Oilers hope prospect Dylan Holloway can help them avoid sweep by Avalanche

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March 16, 2021; South Bend, IN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers goaltender Jack LaFontaine (45) makes a save as Wisconsin Badgers forward Dylan Holloway (4) looks for a rebound during the Big Ten hockey tournament championship game at Compton Family Ice Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Mersits/South Bend Tribune via USA TODAY NETWORK

The Edmonton Oilers are looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Final.

With Evander Kane suspended for Game 4 after boarding and injuring Nazem Kadri, the Oilers will look to a prospect to save them. Rookie Dylan Holloway is set to make his NHL debut on Monday.

The Oilers trail the Colorado Avalanche three games to none in the best-of-seven series.

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Holloway, 20, was selected in the 2020 NHL Draft 14th overall. He spent this past season with the Oilers AHL affiliate the Bakersfield Condors playing in 33 games and registering 22 points. He added another four points in five playoff contests.

The Alberta native signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Oilers in April 2021 following his sophomore season with Wisconsin.

So can he help the Oilers avoid elimination? That’s unfair to put on a rookie and why it needs to be the veterans that lead the way.

“It’s not over until you lose four, and you’ve got to come back in Game 4 and try to win one game and move on from there,” Oilers goalie Mike Smith said. “Obviously the desperation level has to be at an all-time high in order to win at this time of the year, and it comes from everybody in the room. … You’ve just got to give it everything you have for one game.”

Edmonton is down 3-0 in the series and the chances of winning four straight are bleak.

In the history of the NHL only four times has a team been able to complete the comeback (198-4). Furthermore, no team has been able to do so in the Conference Final going 44-0 with 26 sweeps.

“We’ve done it all season; it’s the next-man-up mentality,” Oilers forward¬†Leon Draisaitl¬†said. “We have enough great players on our roster who can fill in and come in with energy and do a great job. I’m not too worried.”

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Avalanche looking to get back to the Final

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Jun 4, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) celebrates a goal with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram (4) in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports

The Avalanche are looking for their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since winning it all in 2001. They will have to do so without one of the their best players in Nazem Kadri.

“You lose a guy of Naz’s stature and the role that he plays, someone has to step up, if not multiple guys,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “His role will be filled by committee. I mean, that’s how big of a player he is for us. It could be one guy one night and a different guy the next. I’m comfortable with it.”

Kadri, 31, had 14 points in 13 playoff games before going down with this injury.

“We’re here to hopefully make it boring and gross and just play a good two-way game,” Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon said. “There’s no show to put on when we’re on the road, and it kind of feels like we’re just playing the right way.”

–Field Level Media contributed to this article.