Oilers Gameday vs San Jose: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

Oilers Gameday vs San Jose: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

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Oilers Gameday vs San Jose: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

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The Oilers are back in action tonight as they host the San Jose Sharks, a team that has outscored Edmonton 14-6 in their last two meetings. Those Oiler losses were emblematic of the team’s problems this season, and a -8 goal differential was actually favourable to the boys in blue.

As it stands right now, the Oilers are 2 points out of a playoff spot but they have played at an 80 point pace, which will not be enough to actually make the playoffs.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Keys to the Game

Edmonton

  • Don’t let San Jose score on the first shot, or in the first 3 minutes, or at all.
  • For real though, the Oilers need to tighten up defensively in the first 5 minutes of the game, or they’re going to find themselves down 2-0 before the first TV timeout.

San Jose

  • Lots of pucks to the net, and lots of traffic in front. It’s no secret that the Oilers are pretty weak defensively and seem to get caught flat-footed. It’s an easy flaw to expose.

Players to Watch

Edmonton

  • Connor McDavid, obviously
  • Leon Draisaitl is on a bit of  a heater lately, so look for him to try to work his magic.

San Jose

  • Even without Erik Karlsson in the lineup, the Sharks have a lot of weapons but Joe Thornton is at the top of the list, if only because he has the potential to score 4 goals every game.

Projected Lineups

Edmonton

Draisaitl – McDavid – Rattie
Lucic – RNH – Chiasson
Khaira – Malone – Kassian
Rieder – Brodziak – Puljujarvi

Klefbom – Larsson
Nurse – Russell
Manning – Gravel

Talbot

San Jose

Meier – Couture – Pavelski
Kane – Hertl – Donskoi
Sorensen – Thornton – LaBanc
Goodrow – Gambrell – Karlsson

Simek – Burns
Vlasic – Heed
Dillon – Braun

Jones

Notes

The Oilers are in a precarious position, and need to win about 8 games in a row in order to get themselves out of the spot they’re in.

If only they had two of the top-10 scorers in the league on the roster.

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