Edmonton Oilers (48-26-10) at San Jose Sharks (47-30-7)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 16, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -134 / Edmonton Oilers +121 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Edmonton Oilers look to retake home ice advantage as they head into San Jose to battle the Sharks for game three of their Western Conference quarter final series on Sunday.
The Oilers head into California looking to build on their impressive 2-0 victory over the Sharks on Friday night as the teams face off on Sunday in what should be an exciting contest in the first playoff game of the season in San Jose for the defending West champs. Edmonton lost a heartbreaker in overtime to begin this series and with the way they have played through two games they could very well be up 2-0 but they know they have to stay sharp heading into San Jose for the next two games and at least salvage a split as they head back to Edmonton for game five next week. The Oilers will send Cam Talbot to the crease once again as he is coming off a huge shutout on Friday as he will face off against Martin Jones who also looked good in game two and will be out to steal one for his team tonight.
The Sharks conceded two short handed goals in their 2-0 loss in game two in what is a pretty remarkable feat for the only scoring of a playoff game but they know they are in a good spot still as they have taken home ice advantage away from an Oilers team who has been great on the road this season. The Sharks are the defending Western Conference champions and much was made out of their playoff experience heading into this series against the Oilers who are a very young group who is back in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years but so far it has been the Oilers who have been the better team and we could see that shine through once again here in the next two contests.
The Oilers are 13-3 in their last 16 overall and 9-3 in their last 12 following a win while the Sharks are 5-2 in their last seven Conference Quarterfinal games and 4-10 in their last 14 against the Western Conference. This series looks like it’ll go the distance and in their first home playoff game of the season I like the Sharks to get it done to take the 2-1 series lead.