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

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Looking to forget Tuesday night’s drubbing, the Oilers are back in Edmonton for a critical game 5

San Jose Sharks v Edmonton Oilers - Game Two
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FORGETTING THE PAST

San Jose dominated Edmonton to the tune of a 7-0 stomping on Tuesday night in San Jose. Nothing went right for the Oilers, who now look to the comfy confines of Rogers Place. The Oilers will need to forget all about Tuesday night and focus on the critical game five that sits before them.

How To Tune In

Time: 8:30 PM MDT

TV: Sportsnet (Canada)

NBCSN (Stream in USA w/ provider access)

Radio: 630 CHED

What To Watch For From The Oilers

So much went wrong for Edmonton in Tuesday’s debacle that they simply need to erase it from their minds. Coach Todd McLellan jumbled the lines today in practice and Drake Caggiula looks to play alongside Connor McDavid on the top line. The Oilers have been held to just five goals in four games, and will look to hang a couple more on Sharks goaltender Martin Jones.

Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl was a question mark for tonight’s game after picking up a five minute major and a game misconduct after spearing San Jose’s Chris Tierney in the testicles on Tuesday night. Draisaitl only received a fine from the incident, and will be on the top line tonight.

What To Watch For From The Sharks

From Fear The Fin

San Jose netminder Martin Jones was excellent against in game four, posting his first shutout of the series. He’s allowed no more than two goals against in the series and has given up progressively fewer in the past three games (2, 2, 1, 0 overall). Jones finally got the goal support he deserves in game five

The Oilers are loaded up front, but have been largely held at bay by Martin Jones. Only five goals in four games? Something’s got to give sooner or later.

Final Thought

Edmonton has to forget everything about Tuesday night and come out rolling early. They can’t allow a goal in the first fifteen seconds, and they surely can’t take eight minor penalties. The top line has been held mostly in check for the first four games of this series, and Game 5 of a 2-2 series seems like a pretty good time to breakout.