NHL Hockey: Edmonton Oilers @ San Jose Sharks
Just one single NHL game and do we ever have an exciting one! On a side note…great to finally see Karlsson net his first one as a Shark. Took him long enough…
With big questions surrounding their goaltending, the Oilers will try to turn things around Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks in the lone game on the NHL slate. Edmonton Oilers superstar captain Connor McDavid thought his team had turned the corner following a sizzling 11-game run only to find itself on the seat of its pants with losses in six of the last seven contests. The Oilers look to pick themselves up once again on Tuesday when they visit the San Jose Sharks to begin a three-game trek through California.
Edmonton (9-10-1) visits California for the first time this season having dropped six of its last seven after Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Cam Talbot allowed three goals in a 2:12 span of the second period — including one short-handed and one on the power play and the Oilers failed to bounce back after squandering a two-goal lead in the third period of Saturday’s road loss to the rival Calgary. Leon Draisaitl is doing all he can to alter Edmonton’s struggling ways, as the 23-year-old has pulled even with McDavid in goals (12) after scoring five in his last seven outings in addition to setting up four others. Goaltender Cam Talbot has been waiting on his 100th win with the Oilers for five long games, as he has posted a gaudy 4.63 goals-against average and .845 save percentage during that stretch.
After taking the season series-opener in 2017-18, Edmonton has surrendered 15 goals while losing three straight to San Jose (11-7-3), which is looking for its fourth win in five games. Aaron Dell made 30 saves and Joe Pavelski stayed red-hot with two goals in a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson scored his first goal since March 27 – then a member of the Ottawa Senators – with a power-play tally at 3:34 of the second period on Saturday. “I’ve been feeling good all year; it just hasn’t worked out on the scoresheet,” the 28-year-old Swede told reporters. “But sometimes that’s the way it is. I don’t think I’m doing anything different now.” Karlsson set up Evander Kane just over four minutes later to notch consecutive multi-point performances and extend his assist streak to three games.
The Oilers are struggling and that might be all the San Jose Sharks need to capitalize and keep momentum going. The line for the Sharks currently sits at -190 and it’s only slowly inching upwards.
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