Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 4/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction


"I went back to get the puck and bypass a few guys", Schlemko said.

Considering that another home loss would give the Oilers a commanding 3-1 advantage, it's safe to say the entire Sharks season rests on Game 4 looms as a contest with the entire Sharks season on the line.

Edmonton was third in the Western Conference with 243 goals while San Jose was 10th with 219. So far this series, it's been a grind.

The Sharks are 1 for 14 on the power play in the series and allowed two short-handed goals in Game 2. “This is a good hockey team were playing over there, so this was a good confidence builder for our team.

Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 23 shots he faced after blanking the Sharks on 16 shots in Game 2 on Friday. He hadn't scored any game-winners since March 9, 2015, while with the Vancouver Canucks.

“As a team were growing, ” said Kassian. "He's playing a new level". That's what we need in the playoffs.

While Kassian has been an unexpected surprise, Talbot might be the Oilers' most valuable player in this series.

"It was pretty obvious it was something that needed to happen", McLellan said. "I think he's a goalie that we can get to if we can get an extra look or two, and get one early".

Even against top defensive specialist Marc-Edouard Vlasic and a solid defensive team in the San Jose Sharks, McDavid is still making his presence felt.

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"I like playing on the kill, especially in these games when we keep taking a lot (of penalties)".

Edmonton weathered a spirited start by the Sharks fueled in part by the return of Joe Thornton from a knee injury, then the Oilers took control and capitalized on a costly turnover to take the lead.

Edmonton turned the tables in terms of territorial dominance while enjoying a 12-4 advantage in shots during the second period, but the game remained scoreless after 40 minutes. "One shot, one block, one bounce".

"I was just going back to get the puck and trying to bypass a couple of guys and I don't know if it hit his skate or leg and it's a tough bounce and, you know, it's a game of mistakes and that one ends up in the net."
"We really locked it down once we got that first goal".

Defenseman Brent Burns, the Sharks' points leader this season with 76, finished with three shots.

The Sharks fan base was left wanting, as San Jose was shut out for the second consecutive game, this time by a final score of 1-0 in Game 3 of the first round in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jones play has also been confounding - he's generally played solid for the greater part of the series, but the goals he has surrendered have nearly all been ones in which he would have like to have had back - his five hole become increasingly suspect.

Thornton, who eclipsed the 1,000-assist mark for his career this season, isn't the only Shark on the mend.

The biggest area of consternation entering play Sunday was the Sharks' futility on the power play. They have never been blanked in three straight games but have dropped three straight Game 4s.

"There's not a lot of space out there, both ways", Pavelski said.

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