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Western Conference Quarter-Finals Game 4: Edmonton Oilers @ San Jose Sharks Preview

Oilers look to put a world of hurt on the Sharks by going up 3-1 in the best of seven series

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The opposing view


Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Drake CaggiulaMark LetestuZack Kassian
Benoit Pouliot - David Desharnais - Anton Slepyshev


Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matthew Benning


Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

Back To Back Shutouts

Cam Talbot turned aside all 23 Shark shots  en route to his second consecutive shutout.  The man's a wall right now, he hasn't allowed a goal in 120 minutes of gameplay.  Hey, that was a cute MTV segue.  Someone go get Matt Pinfield for me.  Zack Kassian is also very helpful at this time of the year, as he scored Edmonton's lone goal in their 1-0 victory on Sunday night.

While everything's just roses right now with Cam Talbot and Zack Kassian, the Oilers will surely need more than one goal in most games going forward.  They'll get that opportunity tonight as they play Game 4 in San Jose.  The Sharks desperately want to tie this series with a win tonight, but the Oilers will really get into the driver's seat should they go back home with a 3-1 lead.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot on Zack Kassian's play after Game 3.

You can't ask much more of Zack Kassian in this series.  He's scored 2 game winning goals in the last two games, one of them shorthanded.  Let's spread it around.

The opponents are saying

Those are tough decisions. It wasn’t easy," DeBoer said. "I don’t think it’s been all bad. I think he was really good in Game 1. He could easily be back in there tomorrow.

That's Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer on whether or not Mikael Boedker will be in the lineup tonight.  Boedker was a healthy scratch for game 3.  Boedker has zero points in two games this postseason.

Have some of this

  • You take the Leon and put him on the third line.  You put the Slepyshev on the first line.  There was some handsome line juggling on Sunday night, and it worked out nicely.  Slepyshev looked great on the top line.
  • PENALTY WATCH: The Oilers gave up just two power play chances in Sunday night's game.  Ideally, you want this number to be zero, but it's a lot better than six.
  • MORE PERFECTION: Three games, two shutouts for Cam Talbot.  He's hovering at a .967 SV%, which is unsustainable and super human.  For now, enjoy the ride and score some more goals.  Martin Jones should be the man for San Jose once again.
  • PAK ATTACK? If McLellan tinkers with his lineup, it could be to substitute Iiro Pakarinen for Drake Caggiula.  Caggiula hasn't scored a point, and was last in 5v5 scoring chances in game three.
  • JUMBO SIZE: Joe Thornton was on the ice for the first time this series in San Jose's 1-0 loss on Sunday night.  Two shots, two hits, a couple of minutes on the power play and sixteen minutes of ice.  No points.
  • UNRELATED:  Hey, did you see the Flames game last night?  They're down 3-0 in their series to the DucksAnaheim rallied for four goals after being down 4-1 in the second period.  Such a shame, really.  I am just crushed for them.  Feel terrible.  Awful.