The San Jose Sharks are on the road taking on the Edmonton Oilers Monday night. Here we will continue our NHL odds series with a Sharks-Oilers prediction, pick and let you know how to watch the game.
The Sharks come into this game as the second-worst team in the NHL. They have lost six in a row and 13 of their last 15. Surprisingly, the Sharks play much better away from San Jose. At home, the Sharks have a record of 6-20-10 which is last in the NHL. Away from home, San Jose is 13-17-4 and they will be on the road Monday against the Oilers. There is one bright spot for the Sharks and his name is Erik Karlsson. He is third in the NHL with 65 assists and 11th in all of hockey with 85 points.
The Oilers are currently third in the Pacific Division and are hanging onto that spot by just three points. Edmonton has won seven of its last ten games and four of its last five home games. The Oilers have a home record of 18-12-5 and they will look to increase their lead over the Seattle Kraken for the third-place spot in the Pacific Division. A big part of the Oilers success is Connor McDavid. McDavid is currently the best player in the NHL and leads the league in goals and assists, which means he is top of the league in points too. At 134 points, he is 30 ahead of the man behind him, who happens to be teammate Leon Draisaitl.
The Sharks and Oilers have met just once this season. The Oilers put up seven goals in that game and beat the Sharks by six. Monday will be the second of four matchups as the Sharks look to even the series.
Here are the Sharks-Oilers NHL odds, courtesy of FanDuel
NHL Odds: Sharks-Oilers Odds
San Jose Sharks: +1.5 (+116)
Edmonton Oilers: -1.5 (-140)
Over: 6.5 (-154)
Under: 6.5 (+126)
How To Watch Sharks vs. Oilers
TV: SportsNet Canada, NBC Sports California
Time: 9:30PM ET/6:30 PM PT
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Why The Sharks Could Cover The Spread
The Sharks are one of the worst teams in the NHL, there is no doubt about it. However, as stated before, they play much better on the road than at home. The Sharks are middle of the pack when it comes to penalty minutes, but they are sixth in penaty kill percentage at 82.4. This is good news as Edmonton is one of the best teams on the power play. The Sharks will need to stay out of the penalty box if they want to keep this one close, but one or two penalties will not kill them.
The defense in San Jose is active as they block 15.91 shots per game, the eighth most in hockey. With McDavid and Draisaitl flying down the ice, the Sharks are going to need to put their bodies out there and block open shots on net. The players might leave this game a little more bruised and battered than usual, but it is what needs to be done to keep this game close.
Why The Oilers Could Cover The Spread
Edmonton has a chance to cover the spread every game because of their one-two combo in McDavid and Draisaitl. The star duo has the Oilers first in goals per game, first in shooting percentage, first in power-play goals, and first in power play percentage. They do all this while taking just the eighth most shots per game, 33.06. The Oilers will pick and choose what shots they want to take, and make sure they are taking good ones each possession.
The Oilers will have more good looks at the net Monday because the Sharks give up the third most goals per game. If Edmonton can get hot and create their chances, they will have another six or seven-goal game. All Edmonton has to do is score three goals against a San Jose team that gives up more than that per game. When scoring three goals or more, Edmonton has a record of 38-9-5.
Final Sharks-Oilers Prediction & Pick
The Oilers are coming into this game playing very well at home. They are very tough to stop offensively. Defensively, Edmonton is a little bit better at home as well. The Oilers should roll through this game.
Final Sharks-Oilers Prediction & Pick: Oilers -1.5 (-140) Over 6.5 (-154)