The Leafs looked impressive last night as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Canucks and didn’t look back from there. They came out with the 5-2 win when it was all said and done. They’ll enjoy a couple of nights rest, while the Canucks have to go to Ottawa and play the Senators tonight. Vancouver peppered Jonathan Bernier with an array of shots, but he was stellar, allowing only 2 goals on 46 shots from the Canucks. It is always hard to lose in such a way and especially having to play the next night. We had the OVER 5.5 in that one which came through for us. It looked bleak through much of the 1st period, but the Leafs got two quick goals late in the 1st to put us back on pace. The Leafs poured it on from there, and we got to hit another pick, bringing us to 8-1-1 in my last 10 picks. Four games on the schedule today, which is a decent amount for a Sunday in the NHL. We head to Edmonton where the Sharks take on the Oilers. Really, what is there to say about this Oilers team anymore?
The Oilers haven’t won since November 11th. No, that isn’t a typo, the Oilers are really that bad. So bad that they’ve easily taken over the Buffalo Sabres as the worst team in the NHL. I have bashed the Sabres plenty, but I think it is time I pick on the Oilers. No wins since November 11th, so that makes for an 11 game losing streak. They have only won two games in their last eighteen attempts. Fans are fed up in Edmonton, but I don’t see t getting any better for the Oilers this season. It can’t get any worse, I understand that, however I don’t see any kind of turn around happening in Edmonton this season. Their best bet is to tank the rest of the reason, which they won’t have to do purposely I imagine. They will look to snap their misery against the San Jose Sharks this afternoon, a team they haven’t had a favorable history against.
San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers
The problem with the Oilers is, well, there are problems everywhere with this team. Starting with the defense, where the Oilers have been getting ripped in the regard. On the season Edmonton is allowing 3.42 goals per game. That puts them as 29th in the NHL, ahead of only the Dallas Stars. In their last three games they gave up an average of 4 goals per game. But maybe there is an offense? No definitely not. After losing this many games in a row it is easy to come to the conclusion that not much is working for the Oilers this season. They’re averaging 2.23 goals this season, and again, that puts them at the back of the NHL in 27th. In their last ten games they’ve averaged only 1.8 goals a game. The Sharks have been in the drivers’ seat this past week and look to turn it up after a so-so start for them.
The Sharks are winners of their last four games, their latest coming last night against the Calgary Flames. They also were impressive against good Duck and Bruin teams during this run for them. This is much different than the team we saw against the Sabres and Panthers a couple of weeks ago. During this four game wining streak the Sharks are averaging 4.5 goals per game, meanwhile the defense gave up 2.7 goals a game. I expect their good fortunes to continue against the worst the NHL has to offer. Note that they Sharks are 8-2 over the Oilers in their last 10 meetings. The one thing stopping this bet from hitting is them out late last night partying caring a less about this game, which is always a possibility. However, after a slow start for the Sharks this season, I think they want to keep this roll going against a severely inferior opponent. I’ll lock in the Sharks at -1.5 with a mega price of +197.
Pick – SHARKS -1.5 (+197) @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)