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Two teams facing each other for the third time this season, the Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks take the ice at the SAP Center for a Pacific Division showdown. Sportsnet Oilers will showcase the game, which gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 27.

Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks Odds

Edmonton (+115) is entering this one as the underdog to San Jose (-135) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -110 money on the over and -110 for the under.

San Jose is 33-30 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked third in the Pacific Division so far in the early season, isn’t too far off from to what the team produced during the 2016-17 season (46-36). Out of its 63 regular season contests, 38 of them have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 17-12 SU at home this season.

The Sharks have been able to convert on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked first overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.3 percent of all penalties.

As a team, the Sharks have been called for penalties just 3.5 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five matchups home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 5.3 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall.

Sporting a .917 save percentage and 26.4 saves per game, Martin Jones (20 wins, 23 losses, and seven OT losses) has been the best goalkeeper for San Jose this season. If the Sharks choose to give him a rest, however, head coach Peter Deboer may turn to Aaron Dell (14-11-11 record, .912 save percentage, 2.71 goals against average).

Brent Burns and Logan Couture will each spearhead the attack for the Sharks. Burns (51 points) is up to 10 goals and 41 assists and has recorded two or more points on 13 different occasions this year. Couture has 25 goals and 22 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 30 games.

On the other bench, Edmonton is 27-35 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 30 of its contests have gone over the total, while another 30 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the away team, the Oilers are 14-18 SU.

The Oilers have converted on just 13.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 32nd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 32nd overall and it’s successfully killed off 72.8 percent of all penalties.

Edmonton’s skaters have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 2.9 per game over their last ten outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cam Talbot (.904 save percentage and 3.09 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot is averaging 26.8 saves per game and owns a 23-26-2 record.

For the visiting Oilers, the offense will run through Connor McDavid, who has 47 assists and 27 goals this season.

Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Edmonton is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while San Jose is 4-3 in shootouts.
  • This game features two clubs that have clobbered opponents’ nets with shots. Edmonton has taken the league’s sixth-most shots on goal (34.0) while San Jose has attempted the 10th-most (32.8).
  • San Jose has averaged 2.9 goals per game overall this season, but has been averaging 1.3 goals per matchup over its three-game losing skid.
  • Four of Edmonton’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-3 in those games.
  • Edmonton skaters have accounted for the league’s second-most hits per game (27.1), but the team’s recorded just 22.0 hits over their last five away games.