Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks - 1/29/14
San Jose Sharks (34-13-6) at Edmonton Oilers (17-32-6)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Rexall Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +148 / San Jose Sharks -163 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, SNET-W
Rexall Place in Edmonton will be the site of Wednesday night’s game between the San Jose Sharks and the Edmonton Oilers.
San Jose had a six game winning streak snapped on Monday against the in-state rival Los Angeles Kings. Jonathan Quick stopped all 23 of the Sharks’ shots on goal in the 1-0 win by the Kings. Alex Stalock was no slouch in net for San Jose, stopping 20 shots and allowing just one goal. The Sharks have been the beneficiary of solid goaltending between Stalock and Antti Niemi. The duo has held opponents to nearly nothing, especially of late allowing just three goals total over the last three contests. The Sharks have been getting production offensively as well, particularly from Joe Thornton, who is tied for the league lead in assists with 47, and Joe Pavelski, who is tied for second in the league with 28 goals.
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On Wednesday night, the Edmonton Oilers will be looking to build on two consecutive wins, which came over the Nashville Predators and the Vancouver Canucks. Against the Canucks, the Oilers entered the third period knotted at two goals per side. The Oilers scored less than two minutes into the third and held a one goal lead until the final minutes, when David Perron scored his second goal of the game to put the Canucks away by a score of 4-2.
This will be the third meeting of the season between the Oilers and Sharks. Both of the previous two meetings this year were won by San Jose by a combined total of 8-2. Two meetings remain this season between these two clubs.
The Sharks are 4-0 in the last four meetings in Edmonton and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings overall. Further, the road team is 5-2 in the last seven meetings. San Jose has made a living by feasting on subpar teams. In the last five games versus a team with a losing record the Sharks are 5-0. Edmonton is just 3-6-1 in the last ten, while San Jose is 7-3-0 during that same stretch. While the Sharks are missing some key contributors due to injury, I see no other play than to take San Jose in this spot.