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Experience Outlasts Youth in Game 1 of Sharks-Oilers Series

Blowing a two-goal lead – the worst one in hockey – and losing Game 1 in overtime, Edmonton will be desperate for a win against the Sharks tonight and opened Game 2 as a -162 moneyline favorite. The Oilers were heavily outplayed in the final two regulation periods on Wednesday night after coming out of the gates on fire and relied too much on Cam Talbot to keep them in the game.

SHARK BITES
  • The Oilers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games as home favorites.
  • The Sharks are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games as underdogs against the Oilers.
  • The visiting team is 9-0 on the puckline in the last 9 games in this matchup.

A more level-headed approach is needed from the Oilers tonight if they hope to even the series. It was clear how much more experienced the Sharks were in the icebreaker and they’ll be even more so this evening if Joe Thornton, who has 156 career playoff games under his belt, is able to suit up.

Expect the Oilers to play more of a counterpunch game on Friday after their run-and-gun style led to far too many odd-man rushes the other way in Game 1. Edmonton was outshot 44-19 on Wednesday – with just nine on net in the final 43 minutes and 22 seconds – and the Oilers will be in trouble if they fail to pace themselves again tonight.

If you’re not confident in either side tonight, you may want to look at the UNDER. The Sharks were the best UNDER team in the league in the regular season and it became clear from the start of the second period on that the Oilers would have trouble creating scoring chances for the remainder of their series with the Sharks.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting San Jose Sharks opened as 146 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 2.7-2.6 result in favor of the Oilers today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Edmonton Oilers are 47-26-10 so far on the season. The San Jose Sharks, meanwhile, are 47-29-7. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Edmonton go 32-42-9 and the Sharks go 22-37-24 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Edmonton vs San Jose injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Edmonton Oilers at No. 2 and the San Jose Sharks at No. 24 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Edmonton's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 3 goals per game, against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.45 goals allowed. The Oilers power play is averaging 22.58% while the Sharks defense kills off 80.56% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for San Jose, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Oilers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at +137 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • San Jose is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • San Jose is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • San Jose is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing Edmonton
  • Edmonton is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Edmonton is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • Edmonton is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Edmonton is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

San Jose home to Edmonton, Sunday, April 16th

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