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Western Conference Quarter-Finals Game 5: San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers Game Preview

Oilers need to rebound in a big way after yielding seven goals in San Jose

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose


2-2 Ranks 2-2

830 PM MDT
TV - Sportsnet (AB)
Radio - 630 CHED
Rogers Place

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


The Oilers played a terrible, no good, very bad game against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.  San Jose scored seven goals en route to an embarrassing 7-0 triumph over the Oilers.  Cam Talbot would be relieved halfway through the game after yielding his fifth goal, and there wasn't any goal scoring to be had for the good guys.

Fortunately, it's just one game.  The teams are tied at two games each, and a couple of Oiler goals can help alleviate the mess left behind in San Jose.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins after Tuesday's disappointing loss.

The Oilers need to forget about Tuesday's game, and they need to do it fast.

The opponents are saying

That's Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer on playing with the lead early in Game 4.

The Sharks had not held the lead (or scored a goal) in the previous 120 minutes.  They had a few on Tuesday night.

Have some of this

  • Leon Draisaitl is able to avoid a suspension for spearing Sharks forward Chris Tierney in the testicles.  Instead, he will be forced to cough up $2569.  And forty-four cents.
  • PENALTY WATCH: Obvious stat is obvious, but when the Oilers have to go on the PK eight times like they did last game, they tend to allow more goals.  The Sharks were able to cash in on four power plays on Tuesday night.  Oilers will have to trim that number by six or seven.
  • HUMAN: Cam Talbot will do his very best to forget all about the five goal performance that he endured on Tuesday as he'll get right back in between the pipes against Martin Jones.
  • ROSTER SHAKEUP? The Oilers called up a handful of players yesterday including Mark Fayne, Jordan Oesterle and Anton Lander.  It'll be curious to see if anyone reaches the lineup.  After Tuesday's debacle I did see at least one tweet calling for Mark Fayne to be inserted in the lineup.
  • UNRELATED, II:  The Anaheim Ducks finished off the Calgary Flames last night by a 3-1 score, making the Flames the first team to be eliminated this postseason.
  • CRUCIAL TAUNT: Just finishing up. I heard they can wail.
  • It's game five.  If the Oilers can forget all about game four, things will work out.  Score some goals at home, get into the driver's seat early.  Do not let the Sharks score in the first 15 seconds like on Tuesday.  A win tonight will put them in position to take the series in 6 in San Jose.  Sounds easier than it actually is.