Three Keys To An Edmonton Oilers Victory Vs San Jose Sharks

The Edmonton Oilers are playing their first game post Christmas tonight against the San Jose Sharks.

Nov 9, 2023; San Jose, California, USA; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci (5) and Edmonton Oilers
Nov 9, 2023; San Jose, California, USA; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Cody Ceci (5) and Edmonton Oilers / Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 22, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Ryan McLeod (71) celebrates his goal / Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

3. Oilers Depth Needs To Keep Producing

As the Oilers look to secure a victory, their depth scoring will play a crucial role in determining the outcome of the game. In this article, we will discuss why and how the Edmonton Oilers depth scoring needs to keep producing in tonight's game against the San Jose Sharks.

Depth scoring is a critical component of any successful hockey team. While the Oilers have relied on their top players such as Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to carry the load, they must also receive production from their secondary and tertiary scorers. The Sharks aren't that tough team to play against, and if the Oilers want to secure a victory, they will need to have contributions from all players on their roster.

One of the ways the Oilers can ensure their depth scoring continues to produce is by playing an aggressive forechecking game. By aggressively pursuing the puck in the offensive zone, the Oilers can force turnovers and create scoring chances for their secondary scorers. The Oilers can create more opportunities for their depth players by generating a high volume of shots on goal. This will allow their secondary scorers to capitalize on rebounds and deflections.

Another way the Oilers can ensure their depth scoring continues to produce is by utilizing their special teams effectively. The Oilers have a potent power play, and if they can create opportunities for their secondary scorers on the man advantage, they may be able to generate some much-needed offense. Similarly, the Oilers must also focus on killing penalties effectively. By preventing the Sharks from scoring on the power play, the Oilers can keep the game close and give their depth scorers a chance to make an impact.

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As I mentioned at the start of this article, I do think the Oilers will win this game even if they don't check all three of these points as the Sharks are that bad, but as shown in November the Sharks can beat you. The Oilers main point going into tonight's game is to not take the Sharks lightly, they are still an NHL team.