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(2-1-0) Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks (1-2-0)
2017 NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Quarter Finals Game 4
Date: Tuesday , April 18th
Time: 10:00 PM
Venue: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: San Jose-130
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NHL Betting Total: 4.5
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The tables have turned since San Jose’s victory over the Edmonton Oilers in game 1. The Oilers have rattled off two straight wins, the last coming in San Jose, to take the lead in the series 2-1.
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While veteran top-six forward, Joe Thornton, returned to the lineup after being sidelined for the first two games, it wasn’t enough to boost the Sharks to get the win.
San Jose came flying out of the gate, but Edmonton was able to weather the storm and Cam Talbot slammed the door on the home team.
The Sharks will need to ramp up their powerplay efficiency, scoring just once in 14 tries this postseason. Their short-handed play has actually outpaced the man-advantage with two goals in the series .
Look for the “Joes” to step-up and pepper Talbot with shots and increase the offensive production for the Sharks, as well as stud center, Logan Couture.
Martin Jones took the tough luck loss in game 3, playing well but falling 1-0 to the Oil. Jones has just a 1.66 GAA and an excellent .935 SV % in the series thus far, in what’s been a low-scoring affair.
Zack Kassian is quickly becoming a folk hero in Edmonton, or a modern day Fernando Pisani, if you will. For the second consecutive game, Kassian netted the game-winner for the Oilers and helped his team gain the series lead.
After many difficult years both on and off the ice, the former top-prospect is making good in his new home in Edmonton.
The Sharks were able to hold Connor McDavid off the scoresheet for the first time in the series, though don’t expect that to be the norm for the young superstar. McDavid is averaging nearly 21 minutes per game and has had a number of grade-A scoring opportunities.
Cam Talbot has been an MVP for Edmonton all season, and has stepped up his game even further in the playoffs.
Talbot now owns a 0.98 GAA and a .964 SV% through three games and will need to continue his strong play in what’s become a defensive series.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Edmonton are 14-3 in their last 17 games overall
- Edmonton are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win
- Edmonton was 23-14-5 this season on the road
- The Under is 16-4-6 in San Jose’s last 26 Tuesday games
- San Jose went 26-12-4 at home this season
- The favorite is 27-13 in the two teams’ last 40 meetings
Free Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks NHL Playoff Prediction:
After being shutout in game 3 in front of their home crowd, the Sharks will be looking for revenge and to split the two games before heading back to Edmonton for game 5.
Look for their offense to step up their production, having averaged just one shot less than the Oilers per game so far.
I like the Sharks to bounce back from a tough 1-0 loss in the last game and even the series heading back to Edmonton.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: San Jose Moneyline -130
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NHL Free Score Prediction: Edmonton-2 – San Jose-3
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