The NHL is set up with another strong slate of action throughout April 5. Ten games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks. These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:30 PM Eastern time.
Edmonton has earned a record of 40-25-5 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the Pacific division. The Oilers have won four games in a row and ten of their last thirteen. Edmonton is one point out of second place in the division with a game in hand. The Oilers will look for a big win on the road on Tuesday night.
The Sharks have put up a record of 29-31-8 so far this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Pacific division. San Jose has lost three games in a row and seven of their last ten. The Sharks have fallen out of the playoff picture, but will look to come out quickly in this one to play spoiler. I expect San Jose to try and come out fast in this one.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Oilers have been red hot as of late and will look to keep it going as they try to move up the standings. San Jose will look to play a bit of spoiler despite their recent struggles. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Edmonton Oilers||-1 ½ (+140)||-180||Over 6 ½ (-115)|
|San Jose Sharks||+1 ½ (-165)||+155||Under 6 ½ (-105)|
|Team Data||Edmonton Oilers||San Jose Sharks|
|Away/ Home Record||17-13-5||16-15-4|
|Goals Per Game||3.50||2.63|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||3.34||2.63|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.899||.896|
These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. San Jose hosted the first game on February 14. Evan Bouchard had two assists, while Stuart Skinner finished with a 20 shot shutout as the Oilers earned a 3-0 win. The second game was in Edmonton on March 24. Leon Draisaitl had two goals, while Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and an assist. Mike Smith stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Oilers earned a 5-2 win at home.
Our last time hosting the Oilers this season. pic.twitter.com/4pnFGgWtAj
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 5, 2022
The Oilers have been strong on the power play throughout this season. Edmonton has scored on 54 of their 206 power play opportunities, which is a 26.2 percent success rate. The Oilers have given up 49 power play goals on 216 penalties against, which is a 77.3 percent penalty kill. Edmonton is 2nd on the power play and 20th on the kill this season.
San Jose has been solid on the penalty kill on the season. The Sharks have capitalized on 35 of their 185 power play chances, which is an 18.9 percent power play. San Jose has killed off 152 of their opponents 179 power play attempts, which is an 84.9 percent kill rate. The Sharks are 22nd on the man advantage and 3rd on the penalty kill.
These two teams will look to gain the upper hand on special teams early in this one. Edmonton has been better on the power play, while the Sharks have put up the better penalty kill. Both of these teams will look to come out quickly in this one. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win in this one.
I expect Mike Smith to get the nod in the crease for Edmonton in this one. Smith has started in 20 games this season, going 9-9-2 in those matchups. He has posted a .897 save percentage and a GAA of 3.36 in those games. Smith’s last start was against the Anaheim Ducks. He stopped 31 of 32 shots as the Oilers earned a win on the road.
James Reimer will likely get the start in net for the Sharks on Tuesday night. Reimer has earned a record of 18-15-6 in his 39 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .915 and a 2.77 GAA in his outings on the season. Reimer finished with 19 saves on 23 shots in his last start against the Arizona Coyotes, which was not enough for the win.
These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Reimer has lost his last two games played and will look to bounce back in this one. Smith has won three of his last four starts. Both goalies will look to come out quickly in this one. If either goalie can get into a groove early, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but will look for a big win in this one. The Oilers have been the better team throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. San Jose dropped the first two games against Edmonton though and I think they will bounce back at home. If the Sharks can grab an early lead, I think they can pull off the upset.
Bovada has the Oilers listed as a -180 against the money line in this one. This implies that Edmonton will win this game around 64.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with San Jose at home in this one. The Oilers are undefeated in California this season, but I do not think it will last. As underdogs at home, I like the value on the Sharks.