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San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 1/2/14

Edmonton Oilers (13-24-5) at San Jose Sharks (25-9-6)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)

The Line: San Jose Sharks -237 / Edmonton Oilers +214 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds


The San Jose Sharks hope to stay hot at the SAP Center when they host the Edmonton Oilers in late night NHL action on Thursday. 

The Western Conference bottom feeder Edmonton Oilers come into Thursdays game with a 2-6-2 mark over its last ten games, which includes a 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes in Phoenix. The problems for the Oilers come on both ends of the ice. Edmonton is last in the NHL in goals against and currently 19th in goals per game allowing 3.4 and scoring 2.5 per contest. One bright spot has been the superb play of left winger Taylor Hall, who leads the team in points with 38 on the season. Hall has two goals and six helpers in his last four games.

San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 1/2/14

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San Jose is coming off of a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Pacific Division rival Anaheim Ducks, which is a season high in goals allowed for the Sharks. The loss came on the tail end of a home-and-home series with the Ducks and ended a four game winning streak for the Sharks. San Jose is 9-0-1 at home in the last ten played at SAP. With only one loss on the season at home, the Sharks have emerged as one of the toughest teams to take down on home ice.

Edmonton is 0-5 in the last five meetings between these two teams, but the road team is 5-1 in the last six meetings. San Jose goal tender Antti Niemi allowed five goals against the Ducks in his last game before being pulled, but I expect the veteran net minder to bounce back against the Oilers. There is absolutely no value in taking the Sharks on the money line, but I do think that the puck line is probably the best play in this game. 

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