San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers Pick – NHL March 24, 2022

On Thursday night, the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers are in Alberta at Rogers Place. The Sharks are looking to make it three straight wins for the first time since January 11.

They’ve won consecutive games only twice since then, one of which they are currently on heading into Edmonton. The Sharks’ frustrations came to a head on March 5 versus the Nashville Predators.

San Jose was humiliated in a terrible 8-0 loss to the Nashville Predators. To make Bob Boughner’s headache even worse, they followed up with a loss in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks in what appeared to be a bad call.

Boughner’s seat is heating up and getting pretty toasty in San Jose. The organization is going to have a tough decision to make in the offseason regarding Boughner.

Everyone has to know that this isn’t the best Sharks team. It’s hard to put the blame squarely on Boughner’s shoulders, but he isn’t a great head coach and the Sharks may need someone to scapegoat.

Be careful what you wish for, though, with firing Boughner. It may come down to what’s available on the market. In any case, the Sharks are still above .500 with a record of 28-27-8, but that gets them second-last in the Pacific.

The Oilers are third-best in the Pacific Division with a record of 35-24-5 and 75 points. They are behind the Pacific-leading Calgary Flames by 9 points.

It has been an up and down and all the way around campaign for the Oilers. They had a five-game winning streak after ending a three-game losing streak and four losses in five games.

The Oilers are back to losing on a two-game skid following the five straight wins. In Dallas, Edmonton is coming off a 5-3 loss to the Stars.

Head below for our free Sharks vs. Oilers prediction on March 24, 2022.

San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
San Jose Sharks +1.5 (-124) +203 Over 6 (-120)
Edmonton Oilers -1.5 (+104) -224 Under 6 (+100)
Team Data San Jose Sharks Edmonton Oilers
Overall Record 28-27-8 34-24-5
Puckline Record 33-30 30-34
Away/Home Record 13-13-4 19-12-0
Puckline Away/Home 19-11 13-18
Goals Per Game 2.62 3.34
Goals Against Per Game 3.19 3.11
Shots Per Game 29.11 33.42
Shots Against Per Game 31.63 31.81

Sharks vs. Oilers Prediction:

Bob Boughner hopes to see his team stay hot in Edmonton tonight. They had one of their best performances in a long time on Tuesday night. The Sharks sidestepped the Flames for a 4-3 win.

James Reimer wasn’t perfect with 3 goals allowed on 31 shots for a 0.903 save percentage, but he came up with some big stops and it was good enough with the goal scorers coming through. Jacob Markstrom has been in good form this season, but it wasn’t the case in that spot.

Kaapo Kahkonen is expected to receive the starting nod for the Sharks tonight. Goaltending hasn’t been the strongest suit for the Sharks, though more help from the blueline would be nice.

Kahkonen has posted a 2.87 GAA, and 0.91 save percentage in 25 games this season. He has allowed a minimum of 4 goals in four of his previous four appearances. That’s going to have to change versus a dangerous Edmonton offense tonight.

Overall, the Sharks are 19th in the NHL with 3.1 goals against per game and 20th with 31.8 shots conceded. San Jose has allowed 3.3 goals per game in their previous ten attempts.


San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Trends:

Sharks
  • 2-7 overall in their previous nine games on the road
  • 6-14 overall in their previous 20 games
  • 19-40 overall in their previous 59 games as an underdog
  • OVER is 6-1 in their previous seven games at Edmonton
  • OVER is 13-3 in their previous 16 games versus the Oilers
Oilers
  • 4-0 in their previous four games as a betting favorite
  • 5-0 overall in their previous five games at home
  • OVER is 7-1 in their previous eight games at home
  • OVER is 5-0 in their previous five games versus a team with a losing record
  • OVER is 6-0 in their previous six games as a betting favorite

Back home following a trip on the road, this should be a bounce-back spot for Edmonton. After a tough couple of losses, the Sharks have to expect the Oilers to come at them hard in this one. I’m confident in the offense figuring it out, at least.

The Oilers are at Rogers Place, where they’ve been efficient with 3.48 goals scored per game this season. Despite the two losses, the Oilers have netted 3.8 goals per through their last ten attempts.

Goaltending and defense have been spotty for the Oilers, though. Fans were calling for a deal at the deadline to find a new goalie, but they’re staying with Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen. Smith was playing well early on, though he’s struggling to stay in good form.

Smith enters this one with a 3.37 GAA, and 0.896 save percentage tonight. The Oilers have allowed 3.2 goals per game for 22nd in the league. Rogers Place hasn’t helped the defense. Maybe the offense, yes, but not their defensive ability.

Edmonton is giving up more than 3.3 goals per game at home in this campaign. In the Sharks’ last trip to Edmonton, they looked good in a 6-3 win. I don’t know about a three-goal win, but an 8 or 9-goal game wouldn’t be surprising.

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Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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