Edmonton Oilers goalie Calvin Pickard getting ready to start his first playoff game
Veteran goalie Calvin Pickard set to start his first-ever playoff game for the struggling Edmonton Oilers in a must-win Game 4 against Vancouver.

Edmonton Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch has made a significant change ahead of Game 4 against the Vancouver Canucks, turning to veteran goaltender Calvin Pickard for his first NHL playoff start.

Pickard’s elevation comes after Stuart Skinner struggled in Game 3, allowing four goals on 15 shots in the first two periods before being replaced by Pickard. In his brief playoff debut, Pickard stopped all three shots he faced in the third period.

Pickard Makes NHL Playoff Debut in Critical Oilers Matchup

The decision to start Pickard is a bold move for the Oilers, who are facing a must-win situation after falling behind 2-1 in the series. The 32-year-old netminder has been a reliable backup for Edmonton this season, posting a 12-7-1 record with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 23 regular-season appearances.

Pickard’s experience and calm demeanor could provide a much-needed spark for the Oilers, who are desperate to regain momentum in the series. While the pressure is on, Pickard’s solid track record suggests he is up to the challenge. The Oilers are hoping his fresh legs and reliable play can help them even the series and avoid elimination.

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