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Oilers are Faves in First Playoff Game Since 2006

In this evening’s final game, we have the Sharks heading north to take on the Oilers in Edmonton in a Pacific Division matchup. Connor McDavid and the rest of the Oilers owned this series in the regular season, beating the Sharks three straight times including a 4-2 win just under a week ago when the two met in San Jose.

  • The Oilers are 14-2 SU in their last 16 games against their division.
  • The Sharks are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
  • The Sharks had an OVER/UNDER record of 3-13-14 against their division this season.

Edmonton’s claim to fame this season was its immense success over division rivals. The Oilers went 20-6-3 overall but where they did their best work was at Rogers Place, where they earned a sparkling 12-2-1 record against teams in the Pacific. The significant favorite tonight, the Oilers will want to set a precedent for success at home throughout the playoffs and I expect them to come flying out of the gates.

As for the Sharks, the second half of the season was ugly. Their goalies posted a team save percentage of just .907 in the final 31 games and their offense dried up completely with players in and out of the lineup. Their big guns will have to show up in this series if the Sharks want to match the energy of the Oilers’ captain.

Edmonton’s defense is much better than it’s perceived and this is where I expect Adam Larsson to really show his value. The Oilers scored an average of 3.07 goals per game in their last 30 games so Larsson’s blocked shots and possession domination will be much appreciated by the boys doing the work up front.

The Taylor Hall trade was a good one and you’re about to see exactly why.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

NHL Hockey odds makers at Bovada had the Edmonton Oilers as -131 moneyline favorites in this betting matchup. Those over under betting saw the line open at 5 at BetOnline.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Oilers to win this game 3-2.2. 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 sport a record of 47-26-9 heading into this matchup, while the San Jose Sharks sit at 46-29-7 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 32-42-8 for the Oilers and 22-37-23 for the Sharks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Edmonton vs San Jose injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 2-ranked Edmonton Oilers and the No. 24-rated San Jose Sharks in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Edmonton Oilers No. 8-ranked offense (3.01 goals per game) against a San Jose Sharks defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.45 goals per game allowed. The Oilers powerplay has clicked at a 22.45% rate while the Sharks have a 80.75% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for San Jose, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the Flames at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -135 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Edmonton was a 5-2 winner at home against the Canucks. Bettors on Edmonton at -295 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • San Jose is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • San Jose is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
  • San Jose is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • San Jose is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton
  • Edmonton is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Edmonton is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • Edmonton is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Edmonton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

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San Jose at Edmonton, Friday, April 14th