Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks - 4/4/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Rogers Place)
Over: 6.5 (-125) / Under: 6.5 (+111)
TV: SN-West, NBCS-California+
The San Jose Sharks and the Edmonton Oilers meet in NHL action from Rogers Place on Thursday night.
The San Jose Sharks will look to bounce back after a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in their last outing. Vancouver opened the scoring just 1:28 into the game but San Jose would take the lead just after the midway point of the opening frame thanks to goals from Kevin Labanc and Joe Pavelski. The lead for the Sharks would hold up into the 3rd, but would fall apart just after the halfway point of the period as Vancouver tied the game and took the lead in a span of 2:21. The Canucks would add an empty net later on in the frame to seal the deal and send the Sharks home empty-handed. Martin Jones took the loss, falling to 35-19-5 after allowing 3 goals on 22 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Edmonton Oilers will be out to snap a 4-game losing streak after a 6-2 loss to Colorado last time out. Milan Lucic and Darnell Nurse scored 3:41 apart in the opening period to stake the Oilers an early 2-0 lead. The lead would fall apart in the 2nd as Colorado scored 3 times in a span of 2:47 to take a 3-2 lead and would add a 4th later in the period. Colorado would strike twice more in the 3rd to push the lead to 6-2 and hold on to send Edmonton back empty-handed. Mikko Koskinen took the loss, falling to 24-21-6 after allowing all 6 goals on 29 shots in the losing effort.
San Jose is 1-9 in their last 10 games overall and 0-6 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference. Edmonton is 8-17 in their last 25 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. The over is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Edmonton.
The optimist in me says that maybe San Jose is saving themselves for the first round of the playoffs, but the realistic part recognizes that the Sharks are in full-on struggle mode at the worst possible time right now with the playoffs right around the corner, to the point that plus money holds no value right now. On the other hand, each Oiler win hurts Edmonton’s draft position and the Oilers aren’t playing well in their own right anyways. So two teams that are struggling defensively and can’t keep the puck out of the net? Seems like a good spot to take the over in my opinion.