Ryan Kesler

First look at the Ducks-Oilers playoff series

First look at the Ducks-Oilers playoff series

The villain roles are set.

There is the star player, Connor McDavid. The former teammate, Patrick Maroon, and the nemesis, Leon Draisaitl.

The upstart Edmonton Oilers also brim with confidence after their first playoff series win since 2006 — against the Ducks.

The Ducks and Oilers staged a wonderfully entertaining regular-season series, and this promises to be no different.

Ducks offense vs. Oilers defense

The Ducks typically control possession with Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Antoine Vermette and Nate Thompson as strong faceoff men. Anaheim’s even-strength scoring prevailed in the first round.

Edmonton ranked eighth in goals against in...

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