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Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks - 12/29/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Jose Sharks (20-12-7) at Edmonton Oilers (18-16-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +115 / San Jose Sharks -135 --- Over/Under: 6
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NHL | San Jose Sharks (20-12-7) at Edmonton Oilers (18-16-3)
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The San Jose Sharks and the Edmonton Oilers meet in NHL action from Rogers Place on Saturday afternoon.

The San Jose Sharks will look to build some steam after a 4-2 win over Anaheim in their last outing. Anaheim opened the scoring but the Sharks would tie the game before the end of the opening period thanks to a goal from Melker Karlsson. Marcus Sorensen gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead by the end of the 2ndperiod before the Ducks tied the game in the opening four minutes of the 3rdperiod. Brent Burns broke the deadlock, giving the Sharks a 3-2 lead before Tomas Hertl iced the game with an empty netter late in the 3rdperiod. Martin Jones got the win to improve to 15-8-4 this season after stopping 25 of 27 shots faced in the victory. 

The Edmonton Oilers will look for a win after losing 4 in a row following a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in their last outing. Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first 6:26 of the game before Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got the Canucks on the board just after the midway point of the period. The Canucks would score another pair of goals before the end of the 1st, just 1:01 apart to take a 4-1 lead into the second period. That lead would hold up as Leon Draisaitl cut the deficit in half, but it was as close as Edmonton wopuld get as none of the Oilers 10 shots in the 3rdfound the back of the net. Mikko Koskinen took the loss after being chased in the 1stperiod, making just 2 saves on 6 shots faced in taking the loss to fall to 11-6-1 this season.

San Jose is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 28-12 in their last 40 division games while the over is 28-10-2 in their last 40 games following a win. Edmonton is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 games against the Western Conference while the under is 3-0-2 in their last 5 division games. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Edmonton.

Plus money with a home dog is always a tempting play, but the Oilers have shown nothing over the last week or so to warrant a play on them with the line being where it is. The Sharks snapped their losing streak and have played solid hockey away from home as of late, so I’ll lay the juice with San Jose as a fade from Edmonton more than anything. The Oilers can’t be backed in their current form.

Pick:
San Jose -135

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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