NHL Pick: Will Rogers betting the San Jose Sharks -126 odds over the Edmonton Oilers on April 16th 2017
Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL Pick: San Jose -126 odds (April 16th 2017)
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The set-up: The Edmonton Oilers are playing in the postseason for the first time since 2006. They’ve opened 2-0 leads over the Sharks in both Games 1 and 2 (both played in Edmonton) but as the series heads to San Jose for Games 3 and 4, it’s tied at one apiece. The Sharks recovered form a 2-0 deficit in Game 1 (won 3-2 in OT) but got stymied in Game 2, as Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot only needed to make 16 saves in earning his first career postseason shutout.
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Edmonton: Captain Connor McDavid scored short-handed goals, marking the eighth time in franchise history Edmonton recorded multiple short-handers in a playoff game, in the Game 2 win. McDavid is riding a 16-game point streak that began on March 14 (eight goals and 19 assists in that stretch). The Oilers were 22-14-5 on the road this season, with those 22 road wins representing the team’s most since the 1985-86 season. San Jose can’t expect the Oilers to ‘lie down’ here in San Jose.
San Jose: The Sharks made it all the way to the Cup Finals last season (lost to Pittsburgh) and were 26-11-4 at home this year, allowing a modest 2.17 GPG. The Sharks posted eight wins in their final 12 at SAP Center to finish tied with the Chicago Blackhawks for third most home wins in the West. In those last dozen games, San Jose held opponents to two goals or less eight times, winning seven.
The pick: Edmonton has spent way too much time in the penalty box and stands at 1-1 in the series, only because San Jose has failed to cash in. The Sharks have received six power-play opportunities in each of the first two contests but have converted just once. Look for Edmonton’s luck to run out here in Game 3. Take the Sharks.
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