Can the San Jose Sharks Survive Their Injuries and Upset the Colorado Avalanche?
The Edmonton Oilers will head to the SAP Center at San Jose as they take on the San Jose Sharks in a Pacific Division matchup. This will be the third of four games against one another as the Oilers won both games, including a 5-2 home win on March 24. They will conclude their season series in Edmonton on April 28. Edmonton is currently third in the Pacific Division (38-25-5, 81 points) right now while San Jose is sitting at sixth in the Pacific Division (29-30-8, 66 points).
Both teams know how the opposition is going to play so this should be an interesting game to look at. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Colorado Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks to determine the better side to bet on.
Edmonton’s Centers Seem to be Too Much Against San Jose
The offense of the Edmonton Oilers has been led by center Connor McDavid as he is tied for ninth in the sport in goals, tied for second in the league in assists, and leads the NHL in points as he has posted 100 points (37 goals, 63 assists) with an additional nine points in his last five games. As an offense, they are averaging 3.43 goals on 33.6 shots so far. Starting goaltender Mikko Koskinen has been struggling this year as he is 25-10-3 with 3.10 goals allowed per game and a .902 save percentage thus far. On the defensive side of things, Edmonton is giving up 3.22 goals on 31.8 shot attempts this season.
San Jose has been struggling a bit on the offensive side of the ice as they are scoring 2.61 goals on 29.2 shot attempts so far. They have been led by right winger Timo Meier this year as he is currently tied for 17th in all of hockey in goals and tied for 28th in the league in points as he has recorded 67 points (31 goals, 36 assists) while adding seven points in his previous four games. The Sharks need to improve a bit on the defensive side of the ice as they are allowing 3.15 goals on 32 shots up to this point. Goalie James Reimer has been struggling a bit this year as he has an 18-14-6 with a .915 save percentage and 2.79 goals allowed per game.
Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks Betting Prediction
The major difference as of late has been offensively as Edmonton is averaging five goals in his previous four games while San Jose is scoring 2.8 goals in their last five games. The Oilers have covered the spread in both games against the Sharks and have an 8-2 goal lead this season in their two games. All in all, go with the Edmonton Oilers to cover the puck line on the road in this game against a divisional opponent.
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