Sharks To Chomp On Slumping Oilers In Lone Tuesday Tilt

Jimmy Murphy

Monday, November 19, 2018 7:34 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 7:34 PM UTC

Smelling the blood of the slumping Oilers, the Sharks will chomp on their division rivals in a third straight loss for Edmonton in the Oilers' first game since coach Todd McLellan was fired.

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Edmonton (9-10-1, 9-11 ATS) at San Jose (11-7-3, 11-10 ATS)Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. ETFree NHL Picks: Sharks PL and 'Over'Best Lines Offered: BetOnline

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The vultures were circling over Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan, and on Tuesday they landed on him with McLellan getting fired and replaced by Ken Hitchcock. The Oilers just can’t seem to get out of their own way, are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games and ride 2-game losing streak into this tilt at San Jose. Much like those vultures, the Sharks will smell blood, circle and chomp on their prey Tuesday night, continuing the frustration of Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, his teammates and their fans. The Oilers have allowed 4 or more goals in 6 of their last 7 games and the Sharks offense, led by early Norris Trophy candidate -- and 1-time winner already -- Brent Burns, will continue that trend as they light up whatever goalie (Cam Talbot or Mikko Koskinen) will be between the pipes for Edmonton in the only NHL game on the docket Tuesday.

Certainly not solely McLellan's fault that the goaltending has been shoddy, the defense a mess and the offense basically a two-man show between McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who thanks to a top-heavy forward corps put together by GM Peter Chiarelli, have been forced to play together on the top line instead of being the originally envisioned first and second line 1-2 punch up the middle. Unlike the Sharks, who are led by Burns in points, the Oilers get hardly anything from their blue line and don’t have a legit No. 1 D-man. Between the pipes, Talbot, the incumbent starter, is on the verge of losing his job to Koskinen. To put it simply, the Oilers are a mess.

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The No. 1 goalie has lost his job. What’s next in Oil Country? https://t.co/EymmjNtjr8

— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) November 19, 2018
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The Sharks, meanwhile, haven’t exactly been all they can be and want to be, but they’ve been coming together as of late, and at worst will enter this game tied for first in the Pacific Division. Two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson is starting to look at home on what on paper could be the best blue line in the NHL, and veteran Joe Thornton is finding his way after missing almost all of October with a lower-body injury. This is a team that should become better and better, unlike the Oilers, who clearly need some major changes.

The Sharks are 11-10 against the spread and 7-4 at home. San Jose has scored 68 goals and allowed 64. They’re 12-9-0 on the over/under and 7-4-0 at home. The Sharks are 6-15 on the puck line and 4-7 at home. Burns leads the team in assists with 19 and in points with 22. Forward Joe Pavelski leads the team in goals with 13.

The Oilers are 9-11 against the spread and 5-6 on the road. Edmonton has scored 57 goals and allowed 66. They’re 9-9-2 on the over/under and 5-4-2 on the road. The Oilers are 8-12 on the puck line and 3-8 on the road. McDavid leads the team in goals (12), assists (16) and points (28). Draisaitl is tied with him in goals and has 11 assists for 23 points.

Goaltending Matchup

For the Oilers, Koskinen is 4-2-0 with a 2.60 GAA and .917 save percentage. Talbot is 5-8-0-1 with a 3.30 GAA and .888 save percentage.

For the Sharks, Martin Jones is 9-5-0-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .899 save percentage. Backup Aaron Dell is 2-2-0-2 with a 2.47 GAA and .920 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report

For the Oilers, forward Tobias Rieder is out a month with a upper-body injury, and defenseman Andrej Sekera is out indefinitely after repairing a torn Achilles.

For the Sharks, forward Tomas Hertl is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Prediction: Sharks 5, Oilers 3

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