Edmonton Oilers (49-26-10) at San Jose Sharks (47-31-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 18, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -120 / Edmonton Oilers +100 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Edmonton Oilers look for their third straight win in this series as they take on the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
The Oilers are an overtime bounce away from playing for a four game sweep on Tuesday night as they have won back to back games in this series to take a 2-1 lead and have blanked the Sharks the last two contests as Cam Talbot has been absolutely brilliant and will be out for another victory here against Martin Jones. Edmonton really has turned a corner this season and have gone from a league doormat for the last 10 years to a real threat in the Western Conference thanks to some major tinkering to their lineup that brought some physicality and defensive presence to the team to compliment the offensive skill set of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Edmonton will send Talbot to the crease once again as he will face against Martin Jones who has been excellent in this series as well but has come out on the losing end of a 2-0 and 1-0 game.
The Sharks backed their way into the playoffs as they are 5-11 in their last 16 games and went from a contender to win the Pacific division to the third spot and having to play on the road and while they did steal game one and had chances in both game two and three they haven’t looked like the team we saw win the Western Conference last season. San Jose has struggled against Western Conference foes as they are 4-11 in their last 15 games but they know they need to even the series here as they can ill afford a 3-1 hole with the series shifting back to Edmonton and with the Oilers’ record on the road this season being among the top-10 in the NHL they know they have to be incredibly sharp in this one.
The Oilers are 14-3 in their last 17 overall and 22-6 in their last 28 when their opponent scores two or fewer in their previous game while the Sharks are 2-8 in their last 10 when their opponent scores two or fewer in their previous game and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. This one will be in the Sports Chat Experts section but for my free play I think we finally see a break through in each team’s offense and the goaltenders cool off for at least one game as this one goes over.