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Posted at 11:30 AM EST.
7:05 PM EST. Regulation only. The Oilers are coming off a 4-1 win over the Wild in a game that saw Edmonton get outshot in, 36-23. The game prior, Edmonton lost 6-2 to the Blackhawks and got outshot in that one too. Since January 1, the Oilers rank dead last in Corsi-For % during five-on-five play and they rank dead last or bottom three in just about every other analytical category too and we’re comfortable to suggest that it is near impossible for the Oilers to outplay the Sharks.
San Jose is very simply the best team we have seen this year. Game in and game out, no matter who they are playing, they dominate for stretches. If Martin Jones gets his swag back, this is the team to beat this year. Erik Karlsson is a game-time decision and if he plays, think about this -- With Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, one of those three guys will be on the ice 100% of the time. Sometimes two will be on. Regardless, the Sharks are a possession beast, a defensive beast and a true juggernaut while the Oilers are a mess. It’s also worth noting the early start time to accompany CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada’s early package or alternate game. Playing in Canada on a Saturday Night is equivalent to playing football on a Monday Night. The point is that players get extra motivated and no matter how you break it down, this is a true mismatch.
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San Jose -½ +111 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.22)