Capper Expects Sharks-Oilers Game to go 'Under'

San Jose Sharks

Dana Lane

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 5:55 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017 5:55 PM GMT

Champion handicapper Dana Lane explains why the playoffs are the time to embrace low totals starting tonight.

Welcome to day one of the 2017 National Hockey League Playoffs. All bettors need to keep in mind that what you just saw in the regular season doesn’t necessarily apply to the post-season. This mostly applies to ‘totals’ when playing ‘under’ 5 isn’t as risky as it is in the regular season, especially in the first game of the first round. 

Every team has a capable goaltender at this stage so you can jump on low ‘totals’ with more confidence.

That brings us to tonight’s San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers first round battle.

 

San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers

81% of the public and professional tickets have backed the ‘over’, driving this line up to -120 shaded to the ‘over. 

We know that both Logan Couture and Joe Thornton will be back for the Sharks but what we don’t know is how their presence will affect offensive cohesion.  Couture hasn’t played since March 25th and hasn’t contributed to the scoresheet since March 18th. Thornton hasn’t played in over a week. 

When we talk about the center position we speak about the most important element of your offense. Considering they are both centers, that means not only will their return affect the top line, it could be a detriment to the second as well. 

Then we sprinkle in the unknowing nature of where San Jose is mentally after limping into the playoffs with a 4-9-2 record.  It’s hard to imagine that this year’s version of the Sharks will match last years from the get go but we do know that their play should dictate a slower pace.

Even at full strength a year ago, Pete DeBoer’s team was defensive minded. They carried that to the Stanley Cup Final so it’s hard to believe that the philosophy would change especially when it’s a wait and see as to what you’re going to get from the middle.

This is a talented defensive Sharks team that might catch the Oilers a little wide-eyed tonight but I’m on the ‘under’ for my NHL pick on this one.

 

Free NHL Pick: Under 5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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