San Jose (0-0) at Edmonton (0-0)
When: Wednesday, April 12th 2017
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Time: 10:05 ET | TV: USA Network
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The Edmonton Oilers make their long-awaited return to the postseason when they host the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night. The Sharks are limping into the playoffs both figuratively and literally. San Jose is coming off their first Cup Final appearance in franchise history last year, but have lost nine of its last 13 games entering this postseason. The Sharks hope to have two of their top four scorers back in the lineup as Logan Couture (52 points) and Joe Thornton (50) are both questionable after missing the final seven and three games with facial and knee injuries, respectively. Couture and Thornton have both practiced each of the last two days but are not guaranteed to rejoin the lineup Wednesday. The Sharks will look to get more out of Joe Pavelski should Couture and Thornton not play as the captain shared the team lead with 29 goals during the regular season and has scored 40 in 105 career playoff games, including 14 during the team’s run to the Final in 2016. Defenseman Brent Burns will also be key for a long playoff run as he shared the team lead in goals with Pavelski and also topped the club with 47 assists and a career-high 76 points.
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The Oilers will be in the postseason for the first time since they lost the 2006 Stanley Cup Final to Carolina and will be led by their 20-year old captain. Connor McDavid ended the regular season with a 14-game point streak and led the Oilers to a second place finish in the Pacific Division, four points ahead of the Sharks, thanks to a 12-2-0 run over their final 14 games. McDavid, who also led the league with 70 assists, joined Wayne Gretzky as the only Oilers to win the regular-season scoring title and was the first member of the franchise to reach the 100-point plateau since Doug Weight in 1995-96. He became the third-youngest player in NHL history – behind Sidney Crosby and Gretzky – to capture the Art Ross Trophy at 20 years, 86 days. Edmonton made the largest increase in points (33) in the league after placing 29th last season. Leon Draisaitl finished second on the team in both goals (29) and points (77) and ended the season nearly as hot as McDavid, recording a point in 12 of the final 14 games (six goals, 15 assists).
This Edmonton team has been on a roll over the last month and have a lot more momentum than San Jose coming into the playoffs. The Sharks have concerns about their health right now and I see the Oilers taking advantage of that in Game 1.
Pick: Oilers -145
- Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Sharks are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Sharks are 4-9 in their last 13 overall.
- Sharks are 3-7 in their last 10 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Sharks are 2-5 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Sharks are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Sharks are 3-9 in their last 12 vs. Western Conference.
- Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Sharks are 1-6 in their last 7 road games.
- Oilers are 9-0 in their last 9 home games.
- Oilers are 6-0 in their last 6 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Oilers are 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win.
- Oilers are 12-2 in their last 14 overall.
- Oilers are 5-1 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Oilers are 13-3 in their last 16 Wednesday games.
- Oilers are 4-1 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Oilers are 17-5 in their last 22 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Oilers are 19-7 in their last 26 vs. Western Conference.
- Oilers are 94-201 in their last 295 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Oilers are 57-129 in their last 186 vs. Pacific.
- Oilers are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Over is 3-0-3 in Sharks last 6 Wednesday games.
- Under is 1-0-6 in Sharks last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Over is 4-1-3 in Sharks last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Over is 3-1-2 in Sharks last 6 road games.
- Under is 6-2-3 in Sharks last 11 games following a win.
- Over is 9-3-3 in Sharks last 15 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Under is 29-11-12 in Sharks last 52 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Under is 25-10-18 in Sharks last 53 vs. Pacific.
- Under is 12-5-6 in Sharks last 23 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 25-12-17 in Sharks last 54 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Over is 3-0-3 in Oilers last 6 overall.
- Over is 2-0-3 in Oilers last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Over is 5-0 in Oilers last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Over is 3-0-3 in Oilers last 6 vs. Pacific.
- Over is 3-0-3 in Oilers last 6 vs. Western Conference.
- Over is 3-0-3 in Oilers last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 8-2 in Oilers last 10 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Under is 6-2-1 in Oilers last 9 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Under is 23-8-3 in Oilers last 34 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Over is 14-5-1 in Oilers last 20 Wednesday games.
- Under is 33-15-5 in Oilers last 53 home games.
- Under is 35-17-4 in Oilers last 56 games following a win.
HEAD TO HEAD
- Over is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings.
- Sharks are 14-6 in the last 20 meetings in Edmonton.
- Sharks are 25-12 in the last 37 meetings.
- Road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
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