When the Edmonton Oilers schedule was first released this past summer, many pointed to this game as the perfect measuring stick to see what type of team the Oilers truly are. The Sharks were once again considered to be one of the league’s top teams and to date they haven’t let anyone down. The Oilers on the other hand, well, this isn’t so much of a measuring stick anymore, but more of an opportunity to try and compete with the league’s best and not be embarrassed.
The Sharks put on a display in Calgary the other night, holding the Flames to just 6 dismal shots through two periods before squandering the lead in the third before winning the game in overtime. Given the Oilers struggles at home and how well rounded this Sharks team is, could it be a fourth straight shutout at home?
Or are the Oilers due for a breakout type of night? One where they score early and jump out to a quick 2-0 lead, catching the Sharks off guard considering they played last night in Vancouver. Throw in the fact that they’re playing one of the worst teams in the league and maybe Joe Thornton and his crew won’t be ready to go when puck drops, thinking it’ll be a cake walk. And then the Oilers strike!
Considering this is one of, if not the best team’s in the league it’s doubtful. Call it a hunch, but I have a feeling the Oilers break out of their home goal scoring drought tonight. Will they win? Well, you’ll have to read on to get the prediction. On to the lines and note worthy sections.