Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks - 4/20/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Game 3 is tonight in San Jose and there is a good chance that they could be getting a familiar face back. San Jose has some great talent in Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, but seeing them skate next to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl really hammers it home.

"We came in here, we established home ice and now it's best of three", said Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who was replaced in the second period. With the Sharks shut out in consecutive games, though, it's been enough to give the Oilers a two-games-to-one series lead.

The young Oilers were schooled by the old Sharks.

San Jose then took the game over in the second starting when Marleau scored on an early power play. "It's a one-off. We take the game tape and throw it away". The teams are now tied in the series, with two wins each. "We need secondary scoring and he's giving it to us right now". But the Sharks have failed to capitalize, going 1 for 12 (8.3 percent) on the power play while surrendering two shorthanded goals in Friday's loss.

As bad as things were for the Oilers in the first period, the second was far worse.

Edmonton Coach Todd McLellan, returning to the city where he coached the Sharks for five seasons, stuck with the same lineup as defenceman Oscar Klefbom had no lingering problems after blocking the shot that forced him to leave Game 2 with about nine minutes left.

"It was a one-goal game, a one-shot game", Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said, "and this time of year, you've got to find a way to get on the right side of that".

Game four is Tuesday in San Jose.

With the 30-hour trek behind them, taking in Game 3 was an experience Lane says she'll never forget. The Sharks have averaged 27.7 shots per game over their first three games of the series, fourth-lowest in the playoffs.

San Jose's power play was just 1-for-14 in the series through the first three games, after finishing 25th in the league in the regular season.

The rediscovery of the power play was a big change for the Sharks, who had gone 2-of-15 with the man advantage in the series. "I thought we were pretty desperate tonight and it showed up".

The scoring drought ended about as quickly as one could hope, after winning a faceoff in the Oilers' zone Justin Braun ripped a shot from the point that was redirected by who else but the master of defelctions, Joe Pavelski, to put the Sharks on top just 15 seconds into the game, and effectively sent the goal starved crowd inside the tank into a frenzy.

"I don't think it has anything to do with the contact or punishment", he said. Following a two-minute hooking penalty to Edmonton defenseman Kris Russell, the Sharks dictated pace and eventually netted another first period goal. Unless the Hawks can stop the Preds and find a way through the best D in the National Hockey League, this one ends tonight.

Kassian walked out and backhanded his second goal of the series under the Jones' pads at 10:45 on the Oilers' 21st shot of the game.

Coming off his first career playoff shutout, Cam Talbot was 2-0-1 with a 1.96 goals-against average in three road starts against the Sharks this season.

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