|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHL The Edmonton Oilers hit the road for San Jose to take on the Sharks Thursday January 13, 2011 at 10:30PM EST. The Oilers have a 13-21-7 record and the Sharks 21-18-5. In their last 10 meetings Edmonton has gone 1-7-2, San Jose 3-7-0. The Sharks are positioned to sweep the Oilers in a season searies, something they have never done before. But right now they are bogged down by the fact that they have lost 5 in a row and 5 straight at home. As for the Oilers, they have lost nine of its last 10 games and dropped out of that tight bunching in the Western Conference to reside in the basement with only 33 points. The most recent defeat was a 3-2 loss in Dallas on Tuesday night despite the fact the Oilers got off a season-high 41 shots to just 20 for the Stars. Adding to the frustration, the game-winning goal nine minutes into the third period was missed on the ice, but discovered after video review.
Sportsbook lists the Sharks as the -1.5 point home favorites, with the total over under at 5.5.
As for the latest in Oilers and Sharks injuries, when betting on the NHL remember that Edmonton captain Shawn Horcoff injured his knee and is skating with the team but is unsure as to when he will be back in competition. Also injured for the Oilers are forward Cogliano (hand) he may be back on the ice tonight, but a couple other injured won’t, including: Brule (upper body), and Eberle (ankle and appendectomy). For the Sharks sniper Couture (knee) and Pavelski (lower body) will both have to sit out in tonight’s game. The Oilers' youth and inexperience is well-documented, as are their road struggles -- they are 0-4-1 in their last five games away from Rexall Place. Under normal circumstances, this should play nicely into the Sharks' efforts to protect their house. But the Sharks' struggles at home have dropped their into a last-place tie in the Pacific Division with the Kings, though they're only four points behind second-place Phoenix. In the logjammed Western Conference standings, they're only five points behind fourth-place Nashville.