San Jose Sharks (24-14-2) at Edmonton Oilers (21-14-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 10, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -105 / San Jose Sharks -105 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Edmonton Oilers look for a statement victory at home as they welcome the San Jose Sharks to Rogers Place on Tuesday night.
The Sharks look to distance themselves from the pack for the Pacific division lead as they currently hold a one point lead on the Oilers for top spot and are tied with the Anaheim Ducks for that mark but do hold two games in hand on both. The Sharks are the reigning Western Conference champions and are playing like it once again this season as they are 24-14-2 this season and are third in the Western Conference with a plus-15 goal differential thanks in large part to the strong campaign from goaltender Martin Jones. San Jose has had their way against the Oilers over the years but this is a different group that Edmonton is putting forth and the Sharks are known more for their physicality than their speed which could make the difference in this one against a very fast, skilled Oilers forward group.
Edmonton has been a breath of fresh air this season and have really turned a corner after a decade of futility and if they can continue their strong play they should be able to snap out of their playoff funk that stretches back to the 2006 season. Edmonton received a generational talent in last year’s draft as Connor McDavid fell into their lap and he certainly hasn’t disappointed in this his first full season after spending most of last year on the injured reserve with a leg injury. McDavid currently holds a four point edge on Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane in the race for the Art Ross and is well over a point per game mark which is usually the bench mark of a strong season, and there is still a shade under half a season remaining.
The Sharks are 6-2 in their last eight following a win and 9-4 in their last 13 overall while the Oilers are 43-126 in their last 169 against divisional foes and 1-7 in their last eight in a 4-6 set. The line here is at a pick em which is more enticing for the Oilers as they are getting value as the home team and there really isn’t a great price on San Jose here in a game that figures to be close.