It's all over but the crying, as they say. The Oilers will finish the season 28th in the overall standings ahead of the Coyotes and Sabres, so they're now free to shellac the hell out of a San Jose team that is no doubt feeling the ill-effects of an early ending to their season. They'll miss the playoffs for the first time since 02-03. It's nice to see the misery being spread a little more evenly around the league.
How to Tune in
The game gets going at 7:30 PM MT on Sportsnet 360.
What to Watch for from the Oilers
All eyes are on rookie tender Laurent Brossoit who will make his NHL debut tonight in copper and blue silks. He's been satisfactory with the OKC Barons this season, winning 22 games and posting a .916 save percentage. Gord knows this team needs some help between the pipes, so any positive signs from the kid's first game should be well-received by the fanbase.
What to Watch for from the Sharks
Our friends at Fear the Fin are free to commiserate with us as their most disappointing season in recent memory comes to a close:
There isn't much left to cheer for with the Sharks this season as they play their second-to-last game tonight in Edmonton before heading off into a playoff-less spring, but 29-year-old career minor leaguer Bryan Lerg finally making his big-league debut after a false start on Monday provides a nice story in an otherwise meaningless game.
Depending on how things play out for the Senators in their final two games, and if the Sabres can buck up and get a win against the Penguins on Saturday, the Oilers could have themselves a couple extra percentage points for the upcoming draft lottery. Rejoice! Let's go Buffalo! (Read more about that scenario here.)
Fun scenario: On Saturday, Sabres beat Pens, knock them out of playoffs. Penguins win draft lottery, so Oilers get McDavid instead of Sabres— Rascal Gas (@rascalgas) April 9, 2015
Can confirm Penguins do not have lottery protection on the first round pick they traded to the Oilers.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) April 6, 2015