The Edmonton Oilers struck for two goals in the first period on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for them, the Sharks would take control of the game and score two of their own. An overtime goal for San Jose would give the Sharks a 1-0 series lead and send the Oilers back to the drawing board. Edmonton would amass just 19 shots while the Sharks put the test to Cam Talbot with 44.
The good news? The Oilers aren’t going to let a repeat performance happen tonight, or they’re going to have a mountain to climb going to San Jose 0-2.
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What To Watch For From The Oilers
If the Oilers could get the first ten minutes of Wednesday’s game for an entire sixty minutes tonight, things will work out just fine. The Oilers turned it off after the first period, scoring 0 goals and firing just nine shots in the second, third and overtime periods combined. Get Patrick Maroon a few smelling salts and wind him up. The time is now.
What To Watch For From The Sharks
From Fear The Fin
The possession numbers bode well for San Jose’s ongoing success in this series. It’s worth noting the number of bullets the Sharks dodged in Game One, though. Connor McDavid had a one-on-absolutely-nobody opportunity, and he wasn’t the only one. The Sharks got away with some high-profile mistakes; there’s no guarantee they’ll dodge those bullets again tonight.
More one on absolutely nobody opportunities for Connor McDavid, please.
Joe Thornton is again a game-time decision for the Sharks. If I’m the Sharks, I look at the last forty minutes of play and think that I can let Thornton rest one more night.
Edmonton’s simply got to win this game tonight to avoid going back to San Jose down 2-0. Maybe give Cam Talbot some breathing room while you’re at it. After that, get McDavid the puck and let him keep pushing the C button all the way to the net.