Nate Thompson

Ducks know there's a lot more to the Oilers than just youth and speed (and Connor McDavid)

Ducks know there's a lot more to the Oilers than just youth and speed (and Connor McDavid)

In this world of short attention spans and quick hits, it would be easy to sum up the Ducks’ second-round playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers as the meeting between a hotheaded team with a recent history of playoff underachievement and a brash, young group whose postseason joyride is being steered by the incandescent talent of NHL scoring champion Connor McDavid.

It would be easy, but it also would shortchange both teams.

Leave it to Ducks coach Randy Carlyle to slash through a thicket of clichés and take a practical view of his team’s opponent in this best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series, which will start Wednesday at Honda Center. To Carlyle, the Oilers’...

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