Oilers Coach's Decision to Demote Veteran Forward Corey Perry Pays Off

Published February 14, 2024 at 9:30 PM

The Edmonton Oilers dominated the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, thanks in part to a bold decision made by Head Coach Kris Knoblauch before the third period.

Corey Perry gets bumped to the third line

With the game hanging in the balance heading into the final period, Knoblauch made a strategic move, shifting Corey Perry down to the third line. And boy, did it pay off.

Oilers third-period lines:

Perry found himself skating alongside McLeod and Foegele on the third line, and the results were impressive. The Oilers capitalized on the change, with Holloway notching a crucial goal and the team exploding for five goals in the final frame.

A valuable asset for the Edmonton Oilers

Since joining the team, Perry has played just five games, contributing only one assist. However, his versatility and physical presence on the ice make him a valuable addition to the roster.

With the March 8 deadline looming, there may still be more roster moves in store for the Oilers. But for now, having someone like Perry in the lineup is a significant positive as the team sets its sights on another Stanley Cup run.

Source: Houseofhockey
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Oilers Coach's Decision to Demote Veteran Forward Corey Perry Pays Off

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