Jay Woodcroft hints at a major change ahead of Game 6.

Jay Woodcroft hints at a major change ahead of Game 6.

The head coach of the Edmonton Oilers appears to be hinting at a huge shift ahead of an elimination game in Game 6.

Jonathan Larivee

The Edmonton Oilers are on the brink of elimination tonight, with Game 6 against the Las Vegas Golden Knights looming, and with his team's season on the line it appears as though Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft will be taking a big gamble.

Although no official announcements have been made, during a full participation morning skate on Sunday Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner was notably absent from the starters net. The rookie Skinner has struggled between the pipes and his playoff numbers have dropped to a 3.52 goals against average and a .890 save percentage, something that led many to question whether a goaltending change was in order for Game 6.

Although veteran goaltender Jack Campbell struggled during the regular season, his numbers in the playoffs have been nothing short of impressive. Campbell has played just a total of 101 minutes split over 3 appearances, but he has a lights out 1.19 goals against average and a .957 save percentage over that stretch of play.

Lending credence to the theory that this may be an indication of a goaltending change is the fact that most of the remainder of the Oilers lineup was status quo. The two notable exceptions were Darnell Nurse, who will be back in the lineup after a 1 game suspension, and Klim Kostin who was absent on Sunday.