They have the top three scorers in the playoffs: McDavid (32 points), Draisaitl (28) and defenseman Evan Bouchard (28). They also have the top scorer in the playoffs: forward Zach Hyman (14).

Still, they have scored one goal in two games against the Panthers. They haven’t scored 5-on-5 and are 0-for-7 on the power play.

McDavid has one assist. Neither Draisaitl nor Bouchard has a point. The same goes for Hyman, forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and others.

Edmonton defeated Florida 32-18 in Game 1, including 25-12 through the first two periods. But in Game 2 it was the other way around. Florida outscored Edmonton 29-19, including 22-7 through the first two periods.

“I think we generated enough chances in the first game, not enough in the second,” Knoblauch said. “Obviously we look at special teams. That’s such an important part of the game because every team always makes quite a few adjustments during a series, so whether things go well or bad, special teams is something we spend a lot of time on. much emphasis on.

“And all facets of our game. We want to see how we can improve our breakouts, our forechecks and the coverage of the defensive zones. We are never satisfied after a match. Whether it is a win or a loss, we are always looking to get better.”

However, Knoblauch thinks the solution is simple for the power play. After going 0-for-3 in Game 1, the Oilers went 0-for-4 in Game 2.

“Put the puck in the net,” he said. “Like I said last night, we hit three goalposts. If they’re a quarter of an inch in, we’re probably talking about how our power play saved us and got us through in a crucial way. I’m not sure what else we can do.” We just have to shoot a little sharper and be a little more accurate, I think.”

Edmonton gets the final line change at home. Will the Oilers try to move the McDavid line away from the Aleksander Barkov line at 5-on-5? Barkov, the Panthers’ captain and No. 1 center, won the Selke Trophy for the second time this season when he was named the NHL’s best defensive forward. However, his status for Game 3 is unknown after he left Game 2 in the third period following a high hit from Draisaitl, who was assessed a harsh penalty.

McDavid had two shots at 5-on-5 in Game 2.

“Obviously that line is very good at what they do,” Knoblauch said. “When I look at the scoring chances, I know in Game 1 it was favorable from our point of view, but maybe not so much in the second game. It’s definitely something I wouldn’t hide from.”